Little Women

Little Women is a fiction novel written by American author Louisa May Alcott. Set in the Alcott family home, the book was published in 1868 and is loosely based on the lives of the Alcott family and the four sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Written for girls, Little Women has three major themes: domesticity, work, and true love. All three themes are interdependent and each one necessary to demonstrate the heroine’s individual identity. It has been said that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the “American Girl,” embodied in the aspects of the differing March sisters.

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Is "Little Women" based on a true story?

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Scholars classify it as a semi-autobiographical novel—Louisa May Alcott revealed in her diaries that she based much of Little Women on her own experience of growing up in Concord, Massachusetts, with her three sisters. Alcott based the character of Jo, the second oldest sister, on herself; however, unlike Jo, Alcott never married. Her real-life sister Anna met her husband while putting on a play, as the character Meg does in the book. She also had a sister Lizzie, who, like the character Beth, died at an early age of complications from scarlet fever. "We really lived most of it; and if it succeeds that will be the reason of it,” Alcott wrote in her diary.
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What is Meg's job in Little Women?

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Meg's job was a nursery governess
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What type of book is Little Women?

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What is Beth's monologue before she dies in Little Women?

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You've had the scarlet fever haven't you Joe? Oh Joe, the baby's dead. Mrs Hummel's baby, it died in my lap before she got home. It wasn't dreadful Joe, only, so sad. I saw in a minute it was sicker, but Lotty said her mother had gone for a doctor, so I took baby and let Lotty rest. It seemed asleep, but all of a sudden it gave out a little cry, and trembled, and then lay very still. I tried to warm it's feet and Lotty gave it some milk, but it didn't stir, and I knew it was dead. I just sat, and held it softly 'till Mrs Hummel came back with the doctor. He said it was dead. "Scarlet fever mam, out to have called me before." Mrs Hummel told him she was poor, and tried to cure baby herself. But all she could ask now, is for him to help the others, and trust a charity for his pay. He smiled then, and was kinder, but it was still, all so sad. He turned round all of a sudden and told me to go home and take Belladonna right away, or I'd have the fever. I guess I shan't have it badly. Amy! Oh don't let Amy come, she's never had it, and I'd hate to give it to her. Can't you and Meg have it over again? I'd better go to my room.
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How many sisters are in little women?

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There are 4 children: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy in Little Women.
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When year did Little Women take place?

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The plot is set in 1861-1865. The March girls' father has gone off to war. Their father has gone and because of the war, the March family is forced to give up many things to help the war effort.
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Is little women historical fiction?

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is little women a historical novel
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Is Little Women a classic and why or why not?

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Yes, because the story is moving, the characters are extremely well written...
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Who does Beth marry in Little Women?

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Sadly, Beth did not get to marry. She passed away due to sickness.
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What were the names of the four sisters in Little Women?

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oldest to youngest: MArgaret, Jo, Beth, and Amy The four girls are Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
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The summary of novel little women in 100 words?

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Little Women opens on the lives of the four March girls just as the two youngest are entering adolescence. Meg and Jo are teenagers. The story follows the girls through about 15 years of their lives and is written in a very pronounced omniscient voice. Each girl has an imaginary "castle" for which she hopes, but each ends with a very different "future" than she would have imagined for herself. Meg, the one who most dearly misses the wealth of the old days before her father had lost his fortune, marries Mr. Brooke, the tutor of Laurie Laurence, and lives in a very modest house. Even then, however, she has to learn to cope with the fact that she is not rich and cannot engage in activities that her rich friend Sally Moffat is able to enjoy. In the end, however, she finds out that for all her money, Sally becomes a very lonely lady with a husband who lives in his own world and thinks only of himself. Jo has a talent for writing which she develops in spurts, writing first innocent romances for a local paper, a novel that receives mixed reviews and finally "sensation" stories for a tabloid in NY. Only after her sister Beth dies does Jo find the mixture of pathos and heartfelt sincerity that enables her to write stories that have the publisher begging for more of the same. Beth, the third child, is the only one without ambitions, whose only desire is to live at home with her parents and practice her music. She is a model of selflessness and gentleness, almost too good to be real. She complains the least about the things they can't have and always has just the right kind word for any situation. Her primary fault is that she is so extremely shy that she is unable to attend a public school and therefore gets her schooling at home. Amy is the youngest and the one who intends to marry for money. She wants to move about in high society and have wealthy friends, expensive jewels and rich clothes. However, when she actually gets the opportunity to fulfill her dreams, she turns it away, turning instead to Laurie, their childhood friend. The irony is that in giving up her dreams of marrying wealth, she actually gets it anyway as Laurie's grandfather Mr. Laurence is very wealthy and will leave his entire estate to Laurie. In the end all of the girls learn that no amount of wealth can bring more happiness than that of a close and loving family.
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What are the names of the Little Women in the book Little Women?

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In age order their full names are: Margaret March (or Meg) Josephine March (or Jo) Elizabeth March (or Beth) Amy Curtis March
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Why is Little Women considered to be a classic?

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The story became a classic because the story is moving, the characters are extremely well written as well as their point of view, the plot is good and the era the story takes place in was a very crucial time in US History.
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What does Little Women mean?

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It is Just a book.
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Did the book Little Women win any awards?

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Yes- that book has actually won several awards, the best being the Caldecott Award. (Great Literature book)
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When was Little Women written?

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Little Women was first published in two volumes, in 1868 and 1869.
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How do you obtain the book 'Little Nemo' written by Harry B Smith?

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Well, if there is really a book called that by that person, then I don't know. However, I did find references to lyrics written for a song called Little Nemo by Henry B. Smith, and a whole slew of books by Winsor McCay about Little Nemo in Slumberland... and a couple of movies based on those books as well. You might try one of those names and see if that is what you are looking for.
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Why are women valued so little in Libya?

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Women are not valued little in Libya. To the contrary, Libyan women have more freedom than women from many other North African and Middle Eastern countries. For example, Tuareg Berber women have more control and freedom than Tuareg men in Libya, Algeria, Niger and Mali. This is so because the Berbers are a matriarchal society since times immemorial, and they still are to this day. Tuareg women go about with their faces uncovered, while Tuareg men cover their faces completely except for the eyes which they need in order to see. Foreign women can swim in bikini swim suits (away from family beaches) in Libya, and Gaddafi (Qaddafi) has granted Libyan women more freedom than any other president had done before. Libyan women can now take up posts just as men, drive, travel, join the army, and Gaddafi bodyguards are mostly Libyan women.
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Who is the heroine of Little Women?

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Josephine (Jo) March.
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How much is a Little Women first edition worth?

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Depending on condition, between $3,000 - $5,000.
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Who was Mr. March in the book 'Little Women'?

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Mr. March is the March sisters' father. He is a chaplain in the Union Army during the Civil War.
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How did Little Women impact Literature?

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It didn't. Well technically women started to write and little women had some of the best pices of literature and made women, especially little ones, prolific writers, but mind you most of the greats are men. Take Shakespeare for example, there is also Homer, Mark Twain, and Dr. Suess.
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When was little women published?

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Best guess for Little Women Published is 1868

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