History Literature / LittleWomen

13th Jun '17 9:36:48 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* '''Jo''' (a TomboyishName for Josephine): Alcott's AuthorAvatar and, by 19th-century standards, a tomboy--i.e., she likes to stand with her hands in her pockets, whistle, and exclaim "Christopher Columbus!". Jo generally tends to occupy the opposite end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism from her sisters, being plain faced, bold, ambitious, blunt, terribly unladylike, and the unofficial protagonist. Like Alcott, she is a devoted writer.

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* '''Jo''' (a TomboyishName for Josephine): Alcott's AuthorAvatar and, by 19th-century standards, a tomboy--i.e., she likes to stand with her hands in her pockets, whistle, and exclaim "Christopher Columbus!". Jo generally tends to occupy the opposite end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism from her sisters, being plain faced, bold, ambitious, blunt, terribly unladylike, and the unofficial protagonist. Like Alcott, she is a [[MostWritersAreWriters devoted writer.writer]].
3rd May '17 9:47:37 PM Pamina
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* AgeLift: The 1949 film version portrays Amy as a teenager, with Beth being a child several years younger than the other three[[note]]This is because they loved Margaret O'Brien and made Beth the youngest just to accommodate her[[/note]].

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* AgeLift: The 1949 film version portrays Amy as a teenager, with Beth being a child several years younger than the other three[[note]]This is because they loved Margaret O'Brien and made Beth the youngest just to accommodate her[[/note]].her, since the role of Amy wouldn't have suited her nearly as well [[/note]].
3rd Apr '17 10:12:51 AM eleanorofaquitaine
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* AlphaBitch: Amy's classmate, April Snow, and, to a lesser degree, her artistic rival, May Chester.

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* AlphaBitch: Amy's classmate, April Jenny Snow, and, to a lesser degree, her artistic rival, May Chester.
28th Mar '17 9:42:06 PM Pamina
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* FieryRedhead: Jo (chestnut brown, which has red in it, depending on one's interpretation of chestnut). She is also, however, almost always a redhead in TheMusical, as that is how she was initially played by Sutton Foster. One of the anime adaptations portray her as a freckled blonde.

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* FieryRedhead: Jo (chestnut Jo's hair is chestnut brown, which at least has a hint of red in it, depending on one's interpretation of chestnut). it. She is also, is, however, almost always a redhead in TheMusical, as that is how she was initially played by Sutton Foster. One of the anime adaptations portray portrays her as a freckled blonde.
5th Mar '17 10:15:35 PM annette12
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* EasilyForgiven: This is how every good person should be in this time period, but Jo cannot forgive Amy for burning her manuscript. She only forgives Amy when the latter nearly dies from drowning in a pond, and when her temper led to her not warning Amy of the danger.

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* EasilyForgiven: Subverted. This is how every good person should be in this time period, but Jo cannot forgive Amy for burning her manuscript. She only forgives Amy when the latter nearly dies from drowning in a pond, and when her temper led to her not warning Amy of the danger.
12th Feb '17 12:43:42 PM morenohijazo
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* TheWickedStage: In the last of the books, ''Jo's Boys'', an actress discusses the purification of the stage with an aspiring actress.
13th Jan '17 11:45:10 AM fearlessnikki
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** In the 1994 film, Professor Bhaer, who is described in the no
vel as overweight and rather [[IncrediblyLamePun grizzled]], is played by Gabriel Byrne. In the 1949 version, he's played by the handsome and dashing Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, who was only 32 at the time.

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** In the 1994 film, Professor Bhaer, who is described in the no
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novel as overweight and rather [[IncrediblyLamePun grizzled]], is played by Gabriel Byrne. In the 1949 version, he's played by the handsome and dashing Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, who was only 32 at the time.


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* AffectionateNickname: "Teddy" for Laurie, which he is called by childhood friend Jo and eventual wife Amy.
13th Jan '17 11:43:46 AM fearlessnikki
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** In the 1994 film, Professor Bhaer, who is described in the novel as overweight and rather [[IncrediblyLamePun grizzled]], is played by Gabriel Byrne.
*** In the 1949 version, he's played by the handsome and dashing Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, who was only 32 at the time.
** Likewise Jo, who in the book is described as "tall and brown, with big hands and feet and a flyway look to her" is played by petite, fair-skinned Winona Ryder. KatharineHepburn probably comes closest to averting this; while Hepburn was certainly striking, in the film she is all coltish limbs and angular face, definitely not a classic beauty like Allyson or Ryder.
** Marmee too, who is described as "greying and not particularly handsome". She's played by Creator/SusanSarandon.

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** In the 1994 film, Professor Bhaer, who is described in the novel no
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as overweight and rather [[IncrediblyLamePun grizzled]], is played by Gabriel Byrne.
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Byrne. In the 1949 version, he's played by the handsome and dashing Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, who was only 32 at the time.
** Likewise Jo, who in the book is described as "tall and brown, with big hands and feet and a flyway look to her" is played by petite, fair-skinned Winona Ryder. KatharineHepburn Creator/KatharineHepburn probably comes closest to averting this; while Hepburn was certainly striking, in the film she is all coltish limbs and angular face, definitely not a classic beauty like Allyson or Ryder.
** Marmee too, who is described as "greying and not particularly handsome". She's been played by Creator/SusanSarandon.Creator/SusanSarandon and Mary Astor in notable adaptations. Spring Byington in the 1933 version is closer to the book.



* AgeLift: The 1949 film version portrays Amy as a teenager, with Beth being a child several years younger than the other three.

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* AgeLift: The 1949 film version portrays Amy as a teenager, with Beth being a child several years younger than the other three.three[[note]]This is because they loved Margaret O'Brien and made Beth the youngest just to accommodate her[[/note]].



* BrainyBrunette: Jo has thick chestnut hair.

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Amy (blonde), Meg (black), Beth (brown) and Jo (chestnut brown substituting redhead) in the 1994 version. Marmee is played by Susan Sarandon, adding a true redhead to the ensemble.
* BrainyBrunette: Jo has thick chestnut hair.hair and is a wildly intelligent and imaginative girl.



** Amy dumps Fred Vaughn, deciding it's wrong to marry someone you don't love for their money, only to turn around and fall in love with her wealthy childhood friend Laurie. This is probably more of an author fumble. It's supposed to be taken for granted that Amy is the perfect girl for Laurie (Jo even says he needs a refined girl in her "LikeBrotherAndSister" speech), and they actually do fall in love over time. Still, the fact that Amy gets true love AND a rich man doesn't help.
*** BetterThanABareBulb: Laurie himself teases her about this, to Amy's utter mortification, and she hustles to assure him that she'd never, ever, ever marry him unless she loved him.
* TheCaretaker: Jo, towards Beth in the second half of ''LittleWomen''.

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** Amy dumps Fred Vaughn, deciding it's wrong to marry someone you don't love for their money, only to turn around and fall in love with her wealthy childhood friend Laurie. This is probably more of an author fumble. It's supposed to be taken for granted that Amy is the perfect girl for Laurie (Jo even says he needs a refined girl in her "LikeBrotherAndSister" speech), and they actually do fall in love over time. Still, the fact that Amy gets true love AND a rich man doesn't help. [[BetterThanABareBulb Laurie himself teases her about this, to Amy's utter mortification, and she hustles to assure him that she'd never, ever, ever marry him unless she loved him]].
*** BetterThanABareBulb: Laurie himself teases her about this, to Amy's utter mortification, and she hustles to assure him that she'd never, ever, ever marry him unless she loved him.
* TheCaretaker: Jo, towards Beth in the second half of ''LittleWomen''.''Little Women''.



* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Sort of. Laurie promises Amy that he'll kiss her one day, when she worries about dying of scarlet fever without being kissed. They end up marrying.
* ChristmasCake: Near the end of Part II, Jo is almost 25 and worries about becoming an OldMaid.



* CoolOldLady: Marmee.

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* CoolOldLady: Marmee.CoolOldLady:
** Marmee is a kind and doting mother to her daughters, dishing out sound life advice and encouraging them to follow their dreams.



* EmbarrassingFirstName: Laurie is not too fond of being a Theodore because he objects to the schoolboy nickname Dora; he insists upon being called Laurie... [[HaveAGayOldTime a feminine name to modern readers]].
** This is referenced in an episode of ''Friends'' where Joey reads the book, which Rachel has stated is the only book she's read more than once. He believes Jo and Laurie are both girls, and is confused when the others tell him otherwise. He sighs and says, "No wonder Rachel had to read this book so many times!"
** {{Lampshaded}} as well in the 1994 movie when Jo mentions Laurie to Professor Bhaer... and he thinks she's talking about one of her sisters.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Laurie is not too fond of being a Theodore because he objects to the schoolboy nickname Dora; he insists upon being called Laurie... [[HaveAGayOldTime a feminine name to modern readers]].
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readers]]. This is referenced in an episode of ''Friends'' where Joey reads the book, which Rachel has stated is the only book she's read more than once. book. He believes Jo and first assumes that Laurie are both girls, is a girl, and is confused when the others tell him otherwise. He sighs and says, "No wonder Rachel had to read this book so many times!"
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that Jo must be a boy. {{Lampshaded}} as well in the 1994 movie when Jo mentions Laurie to Professor Bhaer... and he thinks she's talking about one of her sisters.



* ForbiddenFruit: Meg is poised and ready to reject John Brooke's marriage proposal out of fear, until Aunt March shows up and, unaware of her decision, orders her not to accept him.

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* ForbiddenFruit: ForbiddenFruit:
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Meg is poised and ready to reject John Brooke's marriage proposal out of fear, until Aunt March shows up and, unaware of her decision, orders her not to accept him.



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Amy and Jo, especially in the chapter "Calls".

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry:
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Amy and Jo, especially in Jo fill the chapter "Calls".pretty and smart sister roles - notably when Jo has to act as Amy's teacher, they're at odds over Amy's lack of attention to her schoolwork.



* GriefSong: "Days of Plenty" from the Musical.

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* GriefSong: GriefSong:
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"Days of Plenty" from the Musical.



* HeldGaze: In the 1994 adaptation starring WinonaRyder and Creator/ChristianBale, Jo and Laurie share one before Laurie's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove and their BigDamnKiss. It's actually kind of funny because on Jo's side, it seems more like she's frozen in fear.

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* HeldGaze: HeldGaze:
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In the 1994 adaptation starring WinonaRyder and Creator/ChristianBale, Jo and Laurie share one before Laurie's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove and their BigDamnKiss. It's actually kind of funny because on Jo's side, it seems more like she's frozen in fear.



* HotBlooded: Jo.
* HotLibrarian: Nan in ''Jo's Boys'', who attracts many suitors but is only in love with her studies in medicine.

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* HotBlooded: Jo.
* HotLibrarian: Nan in ''Jo's Boys'', who attracts many suitors but
Jo is only in love with her studies in medicine.very loud, a MotorMouth at times and prone to saying the wrong thing.



* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis

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* IShouldWriteABookAboutThisIShouldWriteABookAboutThis: True to the author herself, Jo writes a book about her sisters and publishes it at the end.



* KillTheCutie: Beth.

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* KillTheCutie: Beth. Especially in the 1949 film where she's the youngest and cutest sister.



* LonelyRichKid: Laurie.

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* LonelyRichKid: Laurie.Laurie, which is why the March sisters let him join in on their games.



* LoveHurts: Poor Laurie.

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* LoveHurts: Poor Laurie. In the 1994 version he wells up with ManlyTears when Jo rejects his proposal.



* [[MrImagination Miss Imagination]]: Beth's "little world was peopled with imaginary friends," and she cares for her sisters' cast-off dolls as if they were invalids in a hospital.
* MostWritersAreWriters

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* [[MrImagination Miss Imagination]]: MrImagination: Beth's "little world was peopled with imaginary friends," and she cares for her sisters' cast-off dolls as if they were invalids in a hospital.
* MostWritersAreWritersMostWritersAreWriters: The protagonist Jo is a writer and is pretty much an AuthorAvatar for Louisa May Alcott.



* NoAntagonist

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* NoAntagonistNoAntagonist: As it's a ComingOfAgeStory the main conflicts come from the Civil War keeping the father away, scarlet fever keeping Beth ill, sexism of the time preventing Jo from selling a story, and a few arguments between the sisters.



* OldMaid: Near the end of Part II, Jo is almost 25 and starting to feel that she'll have to face life as an old maid.



* RedOniBlueOni: Jo and Meg.

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* RedOniBlueOni: Jo and Meg. Jo is the hot tempered Red, Meg is the calm Blue.



* ShrinkingViolet: Beth

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* ShrinkingViolet: BethBeth, who is TheQuietOne and prefers imaginary friends to real ones.



* SnoopingLittleKid: In the 1949 movie, Beth (Margaret O'Brien) and Amy (Creator/ElizabethTaylor) fulfill the role in the Christmas party. Then they overhear some GossipyHens...

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* SnoopingLittleKid: In the 1949 movie, Beth (Margaret O'Brien) and Amy (Creator/ElizabethTaylor) fulfill fulfil the role in the Christmas party. Then they overhear some GossipyHens...



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Jo and Amy

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Jo (Tomboy) and AmyAmy (GirlyGirl).



* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Jo and Professor Bhaer

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* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Jo and Professor BhaerBhaer during his proposal at the end.



* UnusualEuphemism: Jo's favorite exclamation of "Christopher Columbus!" counts as this, since it's generally understood to be her version of swearing.
*** In the musical, Aunt March interrupts Bhaer's marriage proposal and ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny he]]'' [[ChekhovsGun says it]].
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: ''LittleWomen'' itself [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]], as Laurie ultimately marries a girl he's known since childhood (Amy) but ''not'' the one he's harbored romantic feelings for since then (Jo). So Laurie was both [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend unlucky]] ''and'' victorious.

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* UnusualEuphemism: UnusualEuphemism:
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Jo's favorite exclamation of "Christopher Columbus!" counts as this, since it's generally understood to be her version of swearing.
*** ** In the musical, Aunt March interrupts Bhaer's marriage proposal and ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny he]]'' [[ChekhovsGun says it]].
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: ''LittleWomen'' ''Little Women'' itself [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]], as Laurie ultimately marries a girl he's known since childhood (Amy) but ''not'' the one he's harbored romantic feelings for since then (Jo). So Laurie was both [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend unlucky]] ''and'' victorious.
21st Nov '16 1:06:20 PM atomiccake
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*** Likewise, in the 1949 version, he's played by the handsome and dashing Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, who was only 32 at the time.

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*** Likewise, in In the 1949 version, he's played by the handsome and dashing Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, who was only 32 at the time.
21st Nov '16 1:02:49 PM atomiccake
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*** Likewise, in the 1949 version, he's played by the handsome and dashing Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, who was only 32 at the time.
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