Doesn’t the month of March always seem long after such a short month as February? Enter the March family. Reading (or re-reading) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a guaranteed way to brighten any dreary winter day.
Louisa May Alcott may have disliked writing such “moral pap for the young,” but Little Women remains her most beloved book. As a child, I thoroughly enjoyed the company of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
Alcott’s moral lessons are little less oblique when you read the story as an adult. When Little Women is compared to The Pilgrim’s Progress, (a Christian allegory by John Bunyan that was very well known at the time), the similarities are striking. This note on Little Women provides an excellent comparison. The March girls actually mention The Pilgrim’s Progress at the beginning of the story. But I don’t mind. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying Little Women one bit. Just as a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the upright tale of the March sisters is a wonderful story, morals and all. If something that much fun also inspires goodness and charity, then I say “more please!”
If you’re looking for more Alcott and have already devoured Little Men, I highly recommend Eight Cousins.
Which of the March sisters is the most similar to you? I can see some of myself within each character, but I identify the most with Amy.