Little Women

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Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" is a very interesting and moving novel with many wonderful characters. My favorite character is Josephine March who likes to be called Jo. She is based on the author of the novel, Louisa May Alcott. I think that Jo is significant to this novel because she is the main character and the events of the novel revolve around her. Jo is the second oldest daughter of a family of four girls who are poor and live with their mother, Marmee, and servant, Hannah. Their father, who is old, is away at war in the beginning but comes home eventually and becomes a minister. Jo is very close to her sisters and loves them very much.

Jo is "the man of the family"(11) while her father is away. She is an outgoing young woman who loves adventure and will find ways to experience it everywhere she goes.

She is a "tom-boy"(9) who is "very tall, thin and brown, and reminded one of a colt"(10). She becomes friends with her rich neighbor, Theodore Laurence, who likes to be called Laurie. Laurie becomes a part of the March family. After he graduated from college, Laurie proposed to Jo but Jo refused the proposal. She was really sorry to disappoint him and hurt his feelings because she didn't want to marry him.

"You're a great deal too good for me, and I'm so grateful to you, and so proud and fond of you, I don't see why I can't love you as you want me to. I've tried, but I can't change the feeling, and it would be a lie to say I do when I don't"(350).

Jo is really fond of writing. She loved to read books and write stories. She cared so much for her family...