Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

As I have been commuting into work since I started my new job last year, I find plenty of time to read. So, after many years of obsessive Friends watching, I decided to go on Joey’s journey and read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

A Short Background

Written in the late 1800’s it’s very reflective of the writer’s family views. Not only are her female figures working towards very traditional values, which saw women as supportive house wives, but the morals of the story and the relationships that are built throughout are very representative of the state in which America was in.  More than a hundred years on after America’s independence the book shows the unmissable struggles of war, for both the soldiers and those waiting at home, and then also the growing separation and segregation of the poor and wealthy.

What the Story Is About

Without going into intricate detail (or ruining the book for you), the story is about an American family during a war. The father has gone to help in the war whilst his wife and four daughters, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, are at home fighting their own war against poverty. The girls throughout the story go through many life incidents, tribulations and happy occasions too.

The character of the mum, or better known as ‘Marmee’, is wise and hard working. She has been through a lot in life herself, especially the most troubling one to the little women is that they all were once rich and then lost that status, which is a big deal in an old fashioned society that has clear class divisions.

The whole of the novel describes how the four girls grew into happy women. So, starting from their very youth, the writer tells us about their education, vices, temptations, social events, romance, loss as well as dreams of course. They work from a young age to help support the family but they go through all of that along side their mothers care, teachings and moral support.

Without spoiling the plot of the story I can say that the girls live their lives and although at first it seems insignificant to the reader it actually builds their character and forms each of the little women. What we’re left with are caring, hardworking, easy to love and good people that want to do the ‘right’ thing.

Why Girls Must Read This Classic Novel

It’s a beautiful story with likeable, real (ordinary) characters, heart warming (or breaking) scenarios and full of family love that anyone is ought to yearn for. I personally couldn’t wait to read the next bit and then the next. Especially to find out whether Jo and Laurie Laurence (the boy next door) would end up together as adults.

Crudely speaking, the story writes about many things, from romance to death, but it’s a novel that’s about life and the experiences and emotions we all encounter throughout it. The writer puts herself into it too, often foreshadowing what’s to come or outrightly notes the future path with her foresight of her own story. This is captivating and is a bit like Romeo & Juliet, where you know the end from the very start and you’re reading to find out how it happened.

I love this book because it’s constantly underlined with morals. The girls are taught to love what they have and be grateful for it, they’re told to care for those who are worse off than them and despise decadence, laziness and “dandies”. Not only that but in every situation, as a daughter, lover and wife the story teaches the reader as well as the characters to be patient, be proactive, happy and clever. The book shows that we must all look at your own faults first to sort out the woes of life through the character’s experiences.

So there, I would recommend Little Women heartily, especially to girls growing up or young women as it really is a good lesson in a magnificent book that’s easy to read.

Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.

8 Comments

  • March 14, 2015

    Melanie

    I haven’t ever read this book but I really want to!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • March 22, 2015

      Alina

      It’s a classic!

  • March 18, 2015

    Suzy Marie

    Ahhh Little Women is such a nice growing up story with just the right amount of everything you need from a book. I read it on my iphone (before I had a Kindle) which definitely dampened my enjoyment of the whole thing so I might have to read it again in book format! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • March 22, 2015

      Alina

      That’s a shame, maybe it was the small screen! So try reading again trust me it’s worth it x

  • March 21, 2015

    Gemma

    Ok, I’m convinced. It’s now on my ‘to read’ list! : )

    • March 22, 2015

      Alina

      YAY! Trust me, you won’t regret it 😉

  • March 29, 2015

    Jade Morriss

    Little Women is one of my favourite classics. I didn’t discover it until a few years ago when I started reading a lot of childhood classics I missed out on and I only wish I had read it sooner!

    You’ve captured the book perfectly with your words.
    🙂

    • March 29, 2015

      Alina

      Hi Jade, really glad you agree and loved the book as much as I did 🙂 x