by: Louisa May Alcott
The story begins with the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Their father is serving as a Union chaplain in the Civil War, so this Christmas the family must limit their spendings. While sitting in the living room, the girls receive a letter from their father asking them to not complain of their poverty. Here we get an insight to the personalities of the sisters. The story follows the girls through about 15 years of their lives, exploring the girls imagination of how they expect their lives to be and how they actually turn out. Meg, the one that longs for the wealth she had before her father lost all of the family’s money, married Mr. Brooke, who was the man who tutored Laurie Laurence, her neighbors grandson. Meg later in her life realizes that money is not everything in life as she learned from her affluent friend, who later lived a lonely and cold life.
Jo became a very talented writer in New York, who wrote beautiful, award winning stories after the death of her sister, Beth. Beth was the only child that did not have any plans for the future. Her ambitions where to live at home, and practice her music, which shows her unselfish, loving, and gentle characteristics. Amy is the sister that wants to marry only for the money, where she would live in a wealthy society, where she could afford to have expensive things. When she gets the opportunity to have this life, she turns to Laurie Laurence instead, which is ironic because Laurie becomes very wealthy from his grandfather. At the conclusion of the story, the girls come to realize, as most people realize, that wealth does not bring happiness, and is not as significant and not as meaningful than having a family that adores, and loves each other more than anything.
Meg-- struggles hardest with envy of the wealthier girls in town
Jo--most spirited, physically the most active and most independent of the 4 girls, who turns down a very handsome, wealthy, young man from next door. Marries last, to Professor Bhaer, and later inherits Plumfield, Aunt March's house, and turns it into a boarding school for boys
Beth--the sweetest and most generous; complains least and tries hardest to be a peacemaker; dies during the story
Amy--had grand visions of herself but these are tempered as she tests her artistic skills abroad and eventually she marries Laurie, the boy next door.
Several themes appear throughout this story as the girls develop into adults. One of the most obvious themes is the obstacles women faced when trying to find work in order to support themselves. Marriage was the key to economic stability, but if one did not choose marriage, then they lived limited lifestyles.
Poverty vs. Wealth
When Jo does not invite her youngest sister, Amy, to a show, Amy burns the only book Jo has to get revenge on her. After learning what Amy did, Jo is so furious that she withholds her forgiveness, leaving Amy to almost die in an ice skating accident. Jo then realizes that her sister is more important and more meaningful to her than a book. This illustrates one of the themes of the importance of a close family throughout the story.
The March girls have a hard time giving up the fact that they have lost their wealth. The girls, especially Meg, envy their friends that live well beyond their means. The sisters yearn for stylish clothing, traveling and trips, elegant parties, and more. There are many instances in the story where the girls come in conflict with a wealthy lifestyle, and their impoverishment, tying to the theme of poverty vs. wealth.
Positive Message--5 stars
Positive Role Models--5 stars
Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking--1 star
Release Year: 1994
Running Time: 115 minutes
Producers: Robin Swicord, Denise Di Novi, Warren Carr
What didn't work?
Beth and Mr. Lawrence were both underdeveloped in the movie compared to the book. The movie did not show the friendship of Beth and Mr. Lawrence, and how him giving her the piano was a big part of her. Mr. Lawrence only appeared a few times, and Beth was not portrayed as she was in the book. They made Meg someone who is very snobbish and does not care about anything but materialistic things, and herself. The first two chapters of the book were not shown in the movie, and I thought this part was significant because it showed the March girls characteristics, and showed the importance of their family being together, and the hard times they were facing.
The March Family is a very wealthy who lives in an affluent society. The 4 girls have always gotten everything they have ever wanted, and have always lived well beyond their means. The family consists of 4 girls; Jo, the eldest, and most beautiful, Meg, Beth, and Amy.Their father owns the largest buildings in New York City, and is the most successful man in the Upper East Side. The March girls are not a close family, and they are often distracted by the materialistic things in their lives, and often overlook the small and important things.
The next door neighbors, the June family, also consisted of 4 boys, who very poor. The 4 boys, who are all close to the same age as the March girls, all work numerous jobs to keep the family surviving in the society that they live in. When the March girls meet the June boys for the first time at the New Years Eve party, Jo and the eldest brother Tom, fall in love. The June and March families become very close after this party and throughout the years. The June Boys bring a whole new meaning to the March’s lives after they become great friends. The brothers show the stuck up, snobby great the true meaning in life is not all about money, but about the relationships that you create, and the time that you spend with people.
The March’s learn the importance of family, and soon realized money is in fact not everything in life, that there is so much more to life than having money. The March’s realize that throughout their life, money actually destroyed there family before the Junes came into their lives. Jo and Tom get married, becoming very successful from a business that Tom created and worked hard for with his own two hands. Jo contributes and invests in his company with the money she inherited from her Aunt March.
Jo is a stuck up, bratty, and wealthy, “queen bee” 15 year old at the beginning of the movie. Jo is the most glamorous and beautiful person in the Upper East Side, everyone wants to be her. She has the most notable fashion sense, a striking brunette, and always the star of the show. Although she is naturally beautiful, she is an overachiever, and catches all eyes, while wearing her classic, designer clothing.
Tom June-Jo's husband
setting, music, costumes
Upper East Side of New York
Time Period: 2010
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