Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiagraphical, endearing and august novel, ‘Little women’ is the intriguing tale of four March sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.

This novel begins with a very promising vibe and takes no time to arrest you. In the backdrop of American civil war, on a Christmas evening, the little March sisters laments about their unfulfilled desires, unattainable dreams and uninviting poverty. Although, their insightful, content mother Mrs. March preaches them how to find happiness in family in spite of paucity.

When Alcott wrote this novel, women’s importance was increasing in the society. Hence, women like Jo started to raise the question of freedom and individuality rather than settling on a marriage with a rich man for an assuring future. But society doesn’t change it’s mind abruptly and the heart cannot change it’s way of beating after all. Alcott’s women are genuine, they never deny their vices, don’t shy away from exploring their innate talent and always keen upon leading their life on their very own terms.

Meg, the affectionate, beautiful woman who was initially seduced by the flamboyance of her friend’s affluent life, by and by finds solace in familial fulfilment and overcomes vanity.
Jo, a writer to be, gives away her rebellious and rigid attitude toward the notion of marriage. Eventually, she has to seek love under the shelter of a man’s umbrella which she despised earlier.
Beth, the purest soul is happy when people around her are happy. Snatched away untimely, she resides in the hearts of her sisters forever.
Amy, the artist of the family learns to subside her immaturity, to love unconditionally and care selflessly.
Somehow, they all lack something in themselves that the other has in them and together they perfect each other. In a simple and persuasive language, Alcott has shown us the four different ways for women to live in those days by the ways of the four girls.

It’s a book that takes us from adolescence to maturity, from denial to acceptance and from ambition to contentment. This is a struggle of women, torn between her personal growth and societal responsibilities. Also, it’s a beautiful journey of little girls turning into ladies. “Ad Astra Per Aspera” – through hardships they understand the real meaning of life and each live their own ‘happily ever after’ in marriage, in modesty and in purposefulness.

Whoever adores Jane Austen’s novels will definitely indulge in March sisters life, especially Jo. I’m a fan of Elizabeth Bennett for her character seems to me to be the liveliest one. After finishing this book, Jo March is another femal character I’m going to cherish all my life. Her candid rebellion nature, her humility, her passion toward her writing, her love and compassion to her dear ones, her growth as a person, her relationship with Beth, Laurie and her mother is appealing and you cannot help falling in love with her.

!!!All in all this is a titanic tale of little women!!!

Surbhi Islam

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