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Little Women Essay | Critical Essay #4

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Critical Essay #4

The novel develops three major themes: domesticity, the achievement of individual identity through work, and true love. The same motifs appear in Little Men, Jo's Boys, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom and An Old Fashioned Girl. None has been out of print since first written. Together they comprise a fictional record of liberal feminist ideology, process, and programs from 1867 through 1886 in America.

From the outset Alcott established the centrality of household democracy, underscoring the importance of "natural" cooperation and mutual selfsacrifice within family life. The March cottage shelters the four sisters and their parents, all of whom love and depend upon one another. Even the family poverty, so reminiscent of Louisa's own, serves to reinforce democratic practice in the family. With the help of Hannah, who worked as a maid for Mrs. March in better days and now considers herself a "member of the family," all the women...

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