Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Synopsis

Set in nineteenth century New England, Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters-Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg. The novel is a classic rites of passage story, that has often split literature critics but has been adored by many over the years. Intended as a book for young girls, the book is too sentimental for some but plenty of adults and young men have Little Women firmly featured in their best books of all time. The pace of the novel can be slow at times and the language almost too perfect but the overall sympathetic tone of Alcott wins over the reader.

The book is semi-autobiographical, with Jo Marsh mirroring the life of an ambitious Alcott. Just like Alcott, Jo is a strong, independent woman who is fighting through her domestic duties to do what she truly loves. Writing is Jos passion and in a world where women are expected to put personal growth aside in order to withhold traditional family values, she is met with many challenges.

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

The book speaks to every woman that has had to fight against convention. With their father away at war, the four sisters pull together to support each other but still have time to search for their own identity. These little women are not children but young adults finding their way via love, religion and confidence. Whilst it may seem sad that the sisters do have to conform to some extent, if you read between the lines there is so much inspiration for young female readers.

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Episodes

  • 01 – Playing Pilgrims

    Duration: 20min

    | 22/10/2017
  • 02 – A Merry Christmas

    Duration: 21min

    | 21/10/2017
  • 03 – The Laurence Boy

    Duration: 19min

    | 20/10/2017
  • 04 – Burdens

    Duration: 32min

    | 19/10/2017
  • 05 – Being Neighborly

    Duration: 23min

    | 18/10/2017
  • 06 – Beth Finds the Palace Beautiful

    Duration: 15min

    | 17/10/2017
  • 07 – Amy’s Valley of Humiliation

    Duration: 14min

    | 16/10/2017
  • 08 – Jo Meets Apollyon

    Duration: 21min

    | 15/10/2017
  • 09 – Meg Goes to Vanity Fair

    Duration: 36min

    | 14/10/2017
  • 10 – The P.C. and P.O.

    Duration: 24min

    | 13/10/2017
  • 11 – Experiments

    Duration: 22min

    | 12/10/2017
  • 12 – Camp Laurence

    Duration: 47min

    | 11/10/2017
  • 13 – Castles in the Air

    Duration: 21min

    | 10/10/2017
  • 14 – Secrets

    Duration: 21min

    | 09/10/2017
  • 15 – A Telegram

    Duration: 20min

    | 08/10/2017
  • 16 – Letters

    Duration: 20min

    | 07/10/2017
  • 17 – Little Faithful

    Duration: 17min

    | 06/10/2017
  • 18 – Dark Days

    Duration: 20min

    | 05/10/2017
  • 19 – Amy’s Will

    Duration: 18min

    | 04/10/2017
  • 20 – Confidential

    Duration: 15min

    | 03/10/2017
  • 21 – Laurie Makes Mischief, and Jo Makes Peace

    Duration: 25min

    | 02/10/2017
  • 22 – Pleasant Meadows

    Duration: 17min

    | 01/10/2017
  • 23 – Aunt March Settles the Question

    Duration: 28min

    | 30/09/2017
  • 24 – Gossip

    Duration: 25min

    | 29/09/2017
  • 25 – The First Wedding

    Duration: 16min

    | 28/09/2017
  • 26 – Artistic Attempts

    Duration: 26min

    | 27/09/2017
  • 27 – Literary Lessons

    Duration: 18min

    | 26/09/2017
  • 28 – Domestic Experiences

    Duration: 31min

    | 25/09/2017
  • 29 – Calls

    Duration: 36min

    | 24/09/2017
  • 30 – Consequences

    Duration: 29min

    | 23/09/2017
  • 31 – Our Foreign Correspondent

    Duration: 25min

    | 22/09/2017
  • 32 – Tender Troubles

    Duration: 22min

    | 21/09/2017
  • 33 – Jo’s Journal

    Duration: 25min

    | 20/09/2017
  • 34 – A Friend

    Duration: 38min

    | 19/09/2017
  • 35 – Heartache

    Duration: 26min

    | 18/09/2017
  • 36 – Beth’s Secret

    Duration: 12min

    | 17/09/2017
  • 37 – New Impressions

    Duration: 25min

    | 16/09/2017
  • 38 – On the Shelf

    Duration: 32min

    | 15/09/2017
  • 39 – Lazy Lawrence

    Duration: 35min

    | 14/09/2017
  • 40 – The Valley of the Shadow

    Duration: 14min

    | 13/09/2017
  • 41 – Learning to Forget

    Duration: 24min

    | 12/09/2017
  • 42 – All Alone

    Duration: 20min

    | 11/09/2017
  • 43 – Surprises

    Duration: 40min

    | 10/09/2017
  • 44 – My Lord and Lady

    Duration: 11min

    | 09/09/2017
  • 45 – Daisy and Demi

    Duration: 16min

    | 08/09/2017
  • 46 – Under the Umbrella

    Duration: 30min

    | 07/09/2017
  • 47 – Harvest Time

    Duration: 26min

    | 06/09/2017