Little Women During The American Civil War

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Families - whether they are big or small - have different social norms and interact with each other very differently. Some families are very open with each other, while others are very closed. A change within a family unit has an effect on the family’s dynamic and how the family members interact with each other. American culture reflects this in the belief that families are changed either positively or negatively by major emotional events.

The family unit can be described in many different ways. Sometimes the family unit, like in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, consists of everyone that is blood related. The family unit can also extend past genetic barriers and represent big groups such as everyone in the United States of America. The family unit is not exclusive of a specific classification of the members.

In Little Women, the March family had to adjust due to emotional events in their family during the American Civil War period. Little Women is a novel set in the early 1860s about a family, which consists of Mr. and Mrs. March, and their four daughters, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. Jo, the second oldest child, is the protagonist in the book. She does not like change and during the book her world changes beyond her control. Early in the book all four sisters, even though they were not all the same age, were open to each other and told each other everything. Their father was away fighting in the Civil War. America was experiencing troubles and went into war, which
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