Little Women by Louisa Alcott and Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Both Persuasion by Jane Austen and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott tell stories of families of sisters in the nineteenth-century in England and in America. The former is the story of Anne Elliot who had given up Fredrick Wentworth eight years prior to the novel's setting after she was "persuaded" to do so by her old family friend, Lady Russell. Realizing that she has made a terribe mistake once Fredrick returns, wealthier and more professionally sucessful, Anne struggles within herself regarding how much to reveal her feelings for him. In the lather, four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy grow up during the American Civil War with her father, Reverand March faraway as a champlain to the union army and her mother Marmee struggling to make ends meet. Very different in personalities, the sisters confront hardship growing pains and the possibility of developing their own individual talents.

In both novels their characters compare and differentiate tremendously.

The thing that makes reading these two novels interesting is how one can compare the charaters from one novel to the next. To begin with one of the main characters in Little Women Jo March, can compare to Persuasions main character Anne Elliot. They both are the second oldest out of their sisters, ironically they both only have sisters, and they both rejected the proposal of poor men. Although Anne accepted the proposal and the changed her mind still show extreme similarities. Even with those similarities they have an important difference. Jo March is a tomboy and Anne Elliot is beautiful. Furthermore, the oldest sister in Little Women, Meg March can compare to the older sister in Persuasion Elizabeth Elliot in which a way that both of them are the better looking of all the sisters in the novels. The difference with the...