Last week I gave you assignment: read “Little Women”. So now that we’re up to speed…
Ok- I really didn’t expect the six of you who haven’t read the book to go out and get a copy…but for all of us who have read it, I noticed a common theme. Whether it was my book club or the blogverse, every woman who reads LW identifies with one of the four main characters, Meg, Jo, Beth or Amy. I think this is what makes the book universally appealing, to see your traits show up as one of the March sisters. So today, I want to know how you define the characters, and which character you think you are. (I know some were pondering this question last week)
I looked up SparkNotes to get some ideas for character description.
Meg: Oldest daughter. Responsible. Kind. Mothers her younger sisters. Small weakness for luxury and leisure. Gentle. Loving. Morally vigorous
Jo: Wants to be a writer. Temper. Quick tongue. Tomboy. Doesn’t like limits placed on girls and women. Hates romance. Strong willed. Impetuous.
Beth: Very quiet. Very virtuous. Tries to please others. Musical. Sweet. Moral compass.
Amy: Youngest daughter. Artist. Adores beauty. Materialistic. Pouter. Whiner. Can have temper. Vain.
When I first read the book a hundred years ago, I thought if myself as Beth. But more the shy quiet Beth as opposed to the virtuous part. I guess this is how I would define my younger self: quiet, out of the way, wanting to please others. Thank gosh I got over the pleasing others part…
I think everyone wants to be Jo. She is the protagonist and the strongest character in the book. But, we can’t all be Jo…
So….how else would you describe the sisters?
Which sister are you?
Are there other literary characters that you identify with?
I know a woman who was named after Amy: were any of you named for one of these characters?