Little Women By Louisa May AlcottMaggie RobinsonLittle Women is a book that follows the lives of four sisters during the Civil War era. The sisters are Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The story mainly follows Jo as she and her sisters grow up during the Civil War while their father is away being a chaplain for Union soldiers. There are a couple main themes throughout the story. One main theme is is growing up and the change between childhood and becoming an adult. Throughout the story the girls learn lessons about life from the different choices they make. They learn from the consequences of their actions. In one part of the story Amy is mad at Jo for being mean to her so she takes the book Jo wrote and puts it in the fire. Jo will not accept Amy’s apology until one day when Amy falls through the ice on a pond and Jo helps save her. From this event the two girls learn to not hold grudges and no matter how mad they are at each other at the end of the day they are still sisters and wil help each other. This is an example of the lessons of life that the sisters learn in the story. Another theme in the book is that having chores and work to do is not a bad thing. At one point in the story the girls neglect their work for several days but eventually are unhappy and feel guilty for not doing them. The sisters realize that to live life properly they need to be working and doing meaningful things.The main protagonist in the story is Jo. Jo struggles throughout the story because she doesn’t want to follow the gender expectations of the time. Jo wants to be a writer but it is an obstacle to do so because she is a women. Jo is frequently frustrated with the expectation of her because she is a women. I relate to Jo because she is bit of a tomboy and when i was growing up I was the biggest tomboy and hated having to wear dresses or anything that was the color pink. I always wanted to play with the boys and play outside all the time.In this book there is no real antagonist, the antagonist is really just the faults within each of the girls that they struggle with. In chapter eight Jo won’t accept Amy’s apology later Jo gets mad at herself for being so hot tempered. As the story goes on the sisters must navigate life by making mistakes and learning from them. They recognize their own faults and try to improve themselves. There isn’t one big conflict in Little Women. The sisters and their family struggle with their family being seperated by the war, the loss of their family’s fortune, and disease. In the end the conflicts aren’t totally resolved. Eventually Beth passes away because of her illness. Their father returns from war and the family learns that as long as they are happy they don’t need to be wealthy. The girls have learned many life lessons and have grown into fine young women.The author uses Jo and her friend Laurie to symbolize both sides of the gender expectations during the time. Throughout the book Jo struggles because following her dreams and becoming a writer contradict with the expectations of her because she is a women. Laurie is Jo’s good friend and he enjoys things that at that time were considered more feminine. Laurie enjoyed music and chooses to be called Lauries instead of his real name which is Theodore. Both these characters represents the two side of gender expectations during the time the author was growing up.I’ll try and be what he loves to call me, “a little woman,” and not be rough and wild; but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else.” This is what Jo says during the beginning of the book. This quote represents Jo’s struggle with having to live up to the expectations of being a women.”I may be strong-minded, but no one can say I’m out of my sphere now, for woman’s special mission is supposed to be drying tears and bearing burdens.” This quote from Jo also expresses her dislike for expectations that women should stay at home and work. Jo dreams of going out and seeing the world but she still feels that she has to do what is expected of her. “It’s my dreadful temper! I try to cure it, but it breaks out worse than ever!” Jo says this after Amy almost drowns. Jo is frustrated with herself because she was holding a grudge against Amy and was afraid that the last thing she would remember of Amy was her grudge with her. One of Jo’s conflicts within herself was her hot temper.