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Orchard House

she wished to be, and really appreciated Rose for teaching her. “For women such as Alcott, the world in which they live included women who needed to move beyond the traditional domestic ideal.”(“Unsexed”) Rose was part of the family living in a house with a maid. She was expected to clean up after herself, as was everyone else, but she went beyond that, offering to cook or clean, even when the help wasn’t asked of her. She made sure she was educated and healthy, yet still humble at the same time...

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Louisa May Alcott

included the death of Louisa’s beloved sister, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Alcott. More joyous things included the marriage of May Alcott to Ernest Nieriker. Now, Louisa, at the age of 25, decided to finally return to her family, now currently residing at the Orchard House in Concord. It is the Alcott’s first permanent home, and it is there that the family would spend the rest of their lives. Louisa, however, still spent much of her time in Boston, where she continued to write. When the Civil War started, Alcott...

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Little Women - Transcendentalist Analysis

addition, happiness can exist in a house full of love, family and content, regardless of its assets. Although the March sisters live in a snug-fitting home, it seems so much more welcoming than the enormous European mansions that Amy, the youngest sister, stays in when she travels abroad (Alcott p.434). This demonstrates that Amy misses her own home because it is richer in livelihood than the empty mansions. When Meg starts a family of her own, her tiny house is frequently visited by many people...

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Book Report on Little Women

war. On Christmas, the March family gave their breakfast to their poor neighbors, the Hummels. Their wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, sent them a large dinner as a reward for their charitable work. Meg and Jo were invited to a party at the Gardiner house for New Year’s Eve. Jo met Laurie, Mr. Laurence’s grandson, in one of the curtained rooms. They talked, danced and became friends. Jo visited Laurie and she met Laurie’s grandfather, Mr. Laurence. Mr. Laurence finally met all the March sisters and...

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Abuela Invents The Zero Analysis

their mother, they forgot the true meaning of why they were getting their mother a gift in the first place. Marmee is not going to want to choose who’s present was the best, so the kids aren’t going to get anything out of this. Marmee soon came to the house shortly after this and asked the kids to give up their breakfast for a poor family. Louisa May Alcott states, “That was a very happy breakfast, though they didn't get any of it” (Alcott para 44). The kids realized that in the end, the only thing that...

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The Role Of Family And Sympathy In Nineteenth-Century American Literature

at the surprise. She is distressed at the notion that she must entertain as she felt her house was not in order and her meal was not well made. She was embarrassed as she felt she was failing her duties as a housewife; but John could not see as societal pressure to perform in the house was not put on men at this time and was out of the home most of the day, so he did not see how much work went into keeping house. This anger is shown in the following statement: “It’s like a man to propose a bone and...

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Little Women - a Literary Comparison of Movie and Book

  As a movie lover, I enjoyed the movie yet was disappointed somewhat with it after having read the book.  I saw this movie when it first came out and absolutely fell in love with the March family. I wanted to be one of the sisters, live in that house, and spend time with them. I’ve never read the book until now because I’ve always been intimidated by the size of it. It took me a while to read, but it was definitely worth it. The book is split into two parts: part one ending once Meg gets married...

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A Personal Tragedy

to sacrifice to be a good mother, she states , “Women understand--only women altogether--what a dreary will-o-the-wisp is this old, common, I had almost said commonplace, experience, "When the fall sewing is done," "When the baby can walk," "When house-cleaning is over," "When the company has gone," "When we have got through with the whooping-cough," "When I am a little stronger," then I will write the poem, or learn the language, or study great charity, or master the symphony; then I will act, dare...

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Little Women

1868 (1st volume) 1869 (2nd volume) Media type Print Followed by Little Men Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first...

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A Feminist Study of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

actions Meg realizes she must follow her instincts to gain respect and ultimate independence. While Meg takes on the traditional institution of marriage she does so by her own choice. Early in the novel her desire is made known to have “a lovely house…I am to be the mistress of it, and manage it as I like” (126). Her parents clearly wish for her to marry John Brooke but leave the final decision up to her. Meg cannot be swayed by the riches Aunt March intends to leave the girls. With an air of resolution...

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