Little women— a “chicken broth for the soul”
To learn a literature article, we should not only try to understand the words and phrases, but also make clear of the spirit that author gives. As it to Little women, it is like a close friend, teaches me that literature is far more interesting than many people think of.
Little women is a simple but lovely and heart rending tale written by American author Louisa May Alcott. It follows the lives of four sisters, as known as Meg, Joe, Beth and Amy March, during the period of the Civil War. All of the four girls have their respective characteristics. It’s true that the family loses its wealth, but they gains much more—love and unity. After reading the book, I learn a lot from the story, such as being independent, general, understanding and so forth.
The story is loosely based on the author’s childhood experiences with her three sisters and Joe is an autobiographical depiction of Louisa May Alcott herself. Obviously, I’m attracted by the charm of Meg’s elegant manners and good-temper; I’m attracted by the charm of Beth’s shyness and talent for piano; I’m also attracted by the charm of Amy’s naughty but lively personality. But it is Jo who stands out most and when reading the novel.
Joe is the second eldest girl in March’s family who is often perceived as a heroine. Unlike her sisters, she challenges the normative patriarchal society and does not try to fit in, as Amy and Meg do, nor does she flee from it as Beth does. Instead, she defies society. She does not want to be a girl but a man. As it described in Alcott’s physical description of Joe, she has “round shoulders, big hands and feet, a flyaway look to her clothes” (Louisa May Alcott, 1868, chpter1).
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There are also some other details help to understand what kind of person Joe is. I think most of us still remember the image that Joe cut her beautiful long hair and exchange it into money in order to help the family with the difficult times, though hair is so significant to a girl especially for Joe, as it written in the story “her long, thick hair was her one beauty” (Louisa May Alcott, 1868, chpter1).
It is self-evident that few girls have the courage to do such sort of thing. I can’t help admiring her for her generosity.
Yes, it is Joe who teaches Amy how to perform a show, bringing happiness to the family; it is Joe who dreams to be a writer and leaves the family to enrich her experience; it is Joe who takes care of the sick Beth without considering the danger of infection; it is Joe who pray for her beloved sister after the death of poor Beth. She is so enthusiastic, understanding, and vibrant. She is such an independent little woman who devotes herself completely to writing and never gives up.
I will continue to explore in the sea of literature, and try to be an independent, understanding and general little woman just as the four girls.