What We Can Learn From Each Of The March Sisters
Start writing a post

What We Can Learn From Each Of The March Sisters

"I know they will remember all I said to them, that they will be loving children to you, will do their duty faithfully, fight their bosom enemies bravely, and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women."

What We Can Learn From Each Of The March Sisters

Warning: this message contains spoilers.

Halfway through Little Women, I realized every sister had something to offer to the loving, genuine March family. The bond their family shared was something so true, something that has inspired readers since 1880 (well, 1868 and 1869, really) when Louisa May Alcott published Little Women after she figured she'd try her hand at a "story for girls." I recently watched the new Little Women movie, directed by Greta Gerwig, with my friends and we all agreed there was something unique about each of the March sisters.

Marmee, the matriarch of the March family, kept them together while her husband was away serving his country in the Civil War. Although her girls were already thick as thieves and their love for one another was strong and evident, Marmee was a role model in every sense of the term and, in my opinion, the reason her girls turned out so well. Each girl learned something valuable from Marmee and I think everyone can learn something from Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth.


Eliza Scanlen as Beth March

Sony Pictures

Described by Mr. Laurence as "the quiet girl," Beth was her sister's biggest cheerleader but knew whose side to take when the other sister was in the wrong. Beth never needed anyone's approval in anything she did. She knew she was a talented pianist and her family loved to hear her play, so that was all she needed. When she got sick, she deserved all the attention from her family but if she wanted it, she never showed it. She fought until the end but knew it was her time to go. Beth teaches us to be humble and to stand up for what we know is right. She taught us to be courageous in our defeats and know that if you give something your best, that's all that matters.


Florence Pugh as Amy March


Often the troublemaker of the March sisters, Amy never took no for an answer. When she wanted something, she got it one way or another. While none of my friends wanted to admit they were "an Amy," it's definitely not a bad thing. Amy fought for the attention of anyone that would give it to her because she thought since Meg and Jo were "perfect," and since Beth was sick, there just wasn't enough attention for her. When she got older, her escape from her childhood was going to Europe with Aunt March. Years earlier, Aunt March told Amy she would take her to Europe, and Amy held her to that. She had a dream of learning to paint and she got to do it because she, begrudgingly, put up with Aunt March. It was in Europe that Amy thought she found the man she was going to marry, refused his marriage proposal, and eventually married Laurie. Sometimes things don't go our way at first because there are better things coming. Amy teaches us to never give up on our dreams and to never settle for anything less than we deserve.


Emma Watson as Meg March

Sony Pictures

The oldest of the March sisters, Meg is known for being motherly and setting the tone for the rest of her sisters. In somewhat of a sad transition, Meg goes from a happy, ambitious girl to a married woman struggling to get by. One thing that never changed was that she was always rich in love. Whether she was unmarried and living at home or living with her husband and two young children, Meg always knew there were people who loved her and she loved them in return. One of the saddest aspects of Meg's story was her conversation with her husband, John, at their dinner table. He wanted so badly for her to have the green dress she bought fabric for, but they both knew it wasn't a possibility within their budget. He was willing to give up a winter coat for his wife to have just one luxury. Meg understood the sacrifice John was going to make for her, but she understood that there were things she really needed, too. John apologized for not giving her everything she wanted, but Meg said she had everything she needed. "John Brooke is my husband, and I'm his wife," she said. While beautiful dresses are nice to have, Meg teaches us that there is rarely ever anything in this life that is more valuable than love and family. Meg's love for her family is an inspiration to all, much like how her own mother loved her and her sisters.


Saoirse Ronan as Jo March


From the get-go, Jo is headstrong and independent. At the beginning of the movie, we see that Jo moved to New York to pursue a career in writing. Jo wasn't afraid to jump into new opportunities, but she also wasn't afraid to say no. A turning point for Jo was turning down Laurie's marriage proposal (how someone could refuse Timothèe Chalamet's hand in marriage is beyond me). She told him they wouldn't be right together and that one day he would thank her for it. She ended up being right, as Laurie and Amy got married years later. Jo thought she'd never get married, but even she couldn't deny the feelings between her and Friedrich. She was extremely hurt when he critiqued her work, but his opinion meant something to her and she was crushed when he didn't give her praise for her writing. So, even though Jo knew her writing was good, she improved it until everyone knew it. She published her book and married Friedrich because sometimes things work out like they're supposed to, even if we never in a million years planned for what actually happens. One other key point in Jo's story is when Amy burns her novel when they're younger and afterward Jo tells Marmee that she has so much anger inside. Marmee says that she's angry every day, but she doesn't let it get the better of her. At that point, Jo decided she wouldn't let her anger get the better of her, either. This proved to be true when Laurie and Amy got married, and Jo was able to go on with her life because she didn't resent either of them for their decision. Jo teaches us to love fiercely and chase our dreams, even if it means moving away from our family. Jo was even willing to give up her life's work to take care of Beth. She was driven and persistent, and never gave up when publisher after publisher refused her work. Jo made sacrifices for her family and was one of the best friends to have. She teaches us that life is too short to be angry and that even our wildest dreams can come true.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

100 Things I'd Rather Do Than Study

Procrastination Nation, unite.

Panda Whale
Here are 100 things I'd rather to than study. I know the semester just started, but

    1. Watch a movie
    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

    The Basics Of The United Nations

    As the General Assembly convenes, here is the United Nations 101


    For an organization that literally unites the nations, it amazes me how little is taught about the United Nations in schools, or at least where I went to school. It wasn't until I went to college and got a higher education that I learned the basics of the United Nations. I believe that every American should know at least the basics of what the United Nations does, especially since our country is one of the 5 permanent members. So here are the main "organs" of the United Nations.

    Keep Reading... Show less
    Student Life

    Wine Wednesdays!

    How to get through the best Hump Day get together.


    What would Wine Wednesdays be without wine? Grab a bottle of red and a bottle of white so that you have some variety. If you feel like splurging, get a bottle of Rosé too.

    Keep Reading... Show less

    Every day of the week is unique, to say the least. Although they don't have to get up for work or go to class on a Monday, dogs truly relate to the struggle we face every day. Here are the days of the week as told by the cutest pups around:

    Keep Reading... Show less
    Her Campus

    I remember freshman year like it was just yesterday. I remember frantically walking to my first class with my highlighted map of campus in hand trying to get there early to get a front row seat. I remember learning that college exams are very different from high school ones. Studying the night before an exam just doesn’t cut it like it used to. Through the good, bad and the ugly of my freshman year, I knew everything was going to be OK because I was only a freshman. I didn’t know any better! It was only going to get easier right?

    Keep Reading... Show less

    Subscribe to Our Newsletter

    Facebook Comments