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Little Women Social Concerns

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Little Women, Alcott is concerned Inwith the maturation and socialization of girls. She treats the issues through the experiences of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, who range in age from twelve to sixteen when the novel begins. The ages of the characters at the novel's outset suggests that late adolescence launches a particularly important stage in the developmental process. From the outset it is clear also that strong parental guidance and a sheltered, domestic setting are essential elements. Additionally, as the earliest chapters suggest, the inculcation of cheerful and unselfish qualities will help young people endure war and shifting social and economic times.

The narrative begins with the four March girls seated before the hearth waiting for their mother to arrive, and grumbling about the lack of money to buy themselves gifts. "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," Jo says. "It's so dreadful...

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