Little Women

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With every adventure one faces, they are shaped into an individual by the people they meet along the way. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor for Kids, Foster uses a first-person point of view to present techniques to truly analyze literature. More specifically, he elaborates on the idea that all characters go on quests to discover themselves. This theme is represented in Little Women, where Louisa May Alcott tells the story of four sisters, Jo, Amy, Meg, and Beth, as they go through the everyday struggles of life and love and blossom into women. As the girls grow older, the people they meet on their journeys away from home ultimately shape them into adults. Similarly, in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares shares a …show more content…
They present a reason before their quest, but the character later learns that “[the] real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge” (Foster 8). Moreover, Foster conveys that the glory at the end of a tough adventure is not only physical and material, but it is an addition to one’s internal character. Through the adventure, the character encounters new people, each one presenting a gift to the hero. Whether this gift is beneficial or detrimental, the relationships made along the way help shape the hero. Foster’s point regarding self-discovery can also be represented in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. As the four sisters of the March family grow older and develop their own interests, each girl leaves the household to explore adulthood. Before Jo March leaves her home for a winter in New York, she tells her family that the purpose of her journey is to get new ideas for her writing. However, Jo meets a man named Professor Bhaer on her trip, marries him, and “[opens] a school for little boys− a good, happy, homelike school, with [Jo] to take care of them and [Mr. Bhaer] to teach them” (Alcott 455). After meeting Professor Bhaer, Jo discovers her passion for caring for others. Together, the couple combines their talents to be content …show more content…
With heavy hearts, best friends Tibby, Carmen, Bridget, and Lena each embark on their own journey during their first summer apart. Tibby, although she doesn’t leave home, goes on an adventure herself. She befriends a young girl named Bailey who is battling leukemia. One afternoon when Bailey is in the hospital, Tibby’s coworker Angela tells her that Bailey had acted as Angela’s counselor during her divorce. As Tibby speaks with her coworker, “[she nods], feeling equal parts awe in Bailey and disappointment in herself. All [she had] ever noticed about Angela were her [long] fingernails” (Brashares 301). During Tibby’s journey at home, she learns to see past one’s physical appearance; she discovers through Bailey that everyone has a story. Although Tibby’s original reason for staying at home was because she had nothing else to do, her experiences with Bailey prove that the real reason is to develop in character. She evolves from a snarky tomboy to a generous person, all because she met Bailey. The relationship between the two girls brings Bailey a friend as she is fighting for her life, and it brings Tibby a new perspective towards others. Meanwhile, Tibby’s friend Lena is visiting her grandparents in Greece. Here, she meets a boy named Kostos; Lena is falling in love with him, but she is too

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