Little Women is a novel written by Louisa May Alcott. It was first published in 1868 and became an instant success. It was published in 1868 and 1869, in two volumes. The book tells the story of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – who are growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during and after the U.S. Civil War.
The story is set in the 1860s to 1870s in America, a time when there were many changes happening: women were starting to have more rights and more jobs; there was a lot of tension between soldiers who fought for the North and soldiers who fought for the South, and children were being sent away from their families because they had lost their homes due to fires or floods. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March live with their mother and they are left to take care of themselves for much of the time because their father is away at war during most of the story. The novel touches on many important aspects of women’s lives including their education, work opportunities, and financial independence.
Little Women got so much famous and one of the favorite readings for many people that a movie has been released based on the book. The First Little Women movie was released in 1994, and then again in 2019, a new movie released with the same title and same plot but with a new cast.
Little Women Cast for both 1994 and 2019
Little Women Cast 1994 –
- Winona Ryder as Jo March
- Claire Danes as Beth March
- Kristen Dunst as Amy March
- Trini Alvarado as Meg March
- Susan Sarandon as Marmee March
- Christian Bale as Laurie Laurence or Theodore Laurence
Little Women Cast 2019 –
- Saoirse Ronan as Jo March
- Eliza Scanlen as Beth March
- Florence Pugh as Amy March
- Emma Watson as Meg March
- Laura Dern as Marmee March
- Timothée Chalamet as Laurie Laurence or Theodore Laurence
Little Women is an astonishing story about four young girls and how they handle all the ups and downs with unraveling emotions during their teenage and entering adulthood. The book has been published during the period of 1868 and 1869, a time when women still haven’t seen much freedom for their education and career. Little Women shows how a girl dreams and aspires to be something in her life, to establish herself as a successful woman. And, not only just that but how it is important to prioritize different opinions and points of view towards life, have also been represented by the movie. Job wants to do something big in her life whereas her other sisters just only want a simple and beautiful married life as a whole family. Little Women shows every girl has her own dream and all dreams value the same.
Little Women has been adapted into several films, television series, and stage play. It has also been translated into several languages worldwide. The book is widely read all over the world and continues to be a best-seller even today.