Hello dears! Recently I have finished reading the famous Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Going into the book, I had already watched the movie, so I was aware of some of the tragedies that were going to happen. I must admit that I liked the book much more than might be expected. It was far from boring, and if you think that the book is focused around four angelic girls, your far from knowing the true story.
First there is Meg, her fault is vanity, and the desire to be rich, as her friend Sally Moffat. She is the oldest, so we do not see as much of her as some of the others, because before we can she is whisked into being married.
After Meg is Jo, and Jo is my very favorite character. she is boyish, clumsy, and uses slang. But she is a writer, and a reformer, with a stubborn yet loving heart. Her creativity and writers mind help her steal the starring role, somehow.
“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”
Then there is Beth, who, really is very angelic. She has a heart for the poor, and is compassionate to the fullest. She also has a sincere love for Jo, kittens, and her battered dolls. Beth is also the musical one, playing her little piano until a old neighbor gives her a fine one.
The youngest is Amy. It took me awhile to like Amy, partly because she burned Jo's books, and partly because I felt a spoiled air from her. But, in the end I like her a little more, if not for her lecture to Laurie, then for her kind heart at least. She is the artist, who paints anything and everything, makes clay molds, and draws.
“Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I've a right to be hurt, I don't intend to show it"
Now, I cannot leave Laurie out of this, for without him the book would be dull. Theodore Laurence (A.K.A, Teddy, Laurie) is the March's young neighbor, who is befriended by them and taken in rather more as a brother. The girls are everything to him, from Meg acting as his Mother to Jo as his ruff-and-tumble friend. His Tutor, John Brooke, marries Meg later on.
I felt for a long while that I was disappointed Jo and Laurie did not marry. However, as Jo's words were, they both were so alike, they would fight all the time. I still cannot reconcile myself to Jo marrying Professor Bhaer, no matter how nice or kind he may be, he is still twenty years her elder.
The lessons from Mrs. March were priceless; the amount of Bible, morals, and righteousness this novel introduced was wonderful. I felt like each character was real, and the feelings were portrayed excellently. One of the March sisters faults are introduced, you watch them struggle, and then you see them overcome it. This is the type of story that infuses life and it's ways, but does not leave out the good parts, and ends with a a happy ending. I wait to read the following book.
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”