Louisa May Alcott Research Paper

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“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship” -Louisa May Alcott. These words describe the adventure, struggles, growth, love, family, and lessons learned in many of Alcott’s books including Little Women. Based off of her own life and family, Alcott exhibits characters and morals that make the reader feel as if they are in the books themselves.

Louisa May Alcott was born November 29,1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Alcott was the daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail May Alcott. She had three siblings, Abigail May Alcott Nieriker, Elizabeth Sewall Alcott, and Anna Alcott Pratt.All daughters went to school then were later pulled out of school to be taught by their father. The family moved a lot but manly stayed
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Alcott was also the first woman voter in a school committee election (Infobase Learning). She was also an advocate for woman’s rights on the Declaration of Sentiments signed on July 19, 1848 (Wood, K.). Alcott’s mother’s health failed, and she died in November of 1877. Alcott’s sister May, announced her marriage to a European in 1878. The following year May gave birth to her first child and named her Louisa May Nieriker, but during her labor she had complications and passed away. Her dying wish was for Louisa to take care of her daughter. In 1880 “Lulu” as they called her moved to Boston to live with Louisa ("Louisa May Alcott." …show more content…
Due to the fact that her father has gone to war Jo feels the need to become the “man” of the house. This is shown by the burn mark on her dress and the stains on her gloves. This shows that she really doesn’t care what gets on her or what happens to her clothes even the fancy ones. This is also shown by the way she says she is the man of the house. Jo feels that no one is there that has male dominance so her being the leader that she is she is the one to take over and show the independence so that everyone can depend on her just like in Alcott’s life. Lastly she being the 2nd oldest and the one with them most manly personality she shows independence and confidence in being the head of the house. Alcott uses this to show how independent she (Alcott) was when she was that age.By this I mean when she took on many jobs to support her family because her father couldn’t. She also uses this to show young readers to be more

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