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Little Women: How different is the movie from the book

by Jessica Bartel

11. Conclusion

10. Movie scenes

9. Reviews

7. general differences and particularities of the book and the movie

6. plot overview of the movie

5. historical background

4. plot overview of the book

3. Characters

2. Facts about the Novel

8. important book scenes that didn't get mentioned in the movie

1. Louisa May Alcott


  • Born 29. November 1823 in Germantown, Pennsylvania
  • Three sisters -> Anna, Elizabeth, and May
  • loved writing -> wrote melodramas and acted them out with her sisters in front of an audience
  • poverty led to her pursuing different jobs
  • died 6.March 1888 (two days after her dad)

Louisa May Alcott

Facts about the novel

  • coming-of-age novel
  • point of view; Third person Omniscient
  • Past tense
  • written during and after the American Civil War
  • it´s a semi-autobiography

Robert March Hannah Mullet Aunt MarchJames LaurenceJohn BrookeProfessor Friedrich BhaerFred Vaughn

Margaret March/ Meg- played by Emma Watson- oldest sister- very caring

Amy Curtis March- played by Florence Pugh- the youngest sister- cares a lot about appereance

Margaret March/ Marmee- played by Laura Dern- has good morals- is the mother

Theodore Laurence/ Laurie- played by Timothee Chalamet- their neighbour- clever

Elizabeth March/ Beth- played by Eliza Scanlen- the second youngest child- musically talented

Josephine March/ Jo- was played by Saoirse Ronan-protagonist- second oldest sister


Amy goes to Europe, Jo moves to NY, meets Bhaer

Beth catches scarlet fever and recovers


Introduction of the sisters

Jo goes back + rejects Laurie, He goes to Europe, meets Amy,Beth dies, Laurie proposes to her after she rejected Fred Vaughn

Meg marries Brooke + gives birth, Jo focuses on writing

Meeting the Laurences

Aunt March dies, Jo marries Bhear, opens school

overcome many personal troubles and father get´s sick in washington

Book plot overwiew

Father returns for Christmas and Meg get proposed to and waits for 3 years

Historical background

Was written during the American Civil WarWomen were dependent on their husbands and were not allowed an opinion of their own

Beth dies, Laurie and Amy return from Europe married, Jo questioning if she turned him down too quickly

Marmee taking care of Mr.march, Beth contracting Scarlet Fever

Jo in NY + meets Bhear, receive criticism, and is mad about it, went home bc of Beth

Jo begins to write Little Women and Bhear shows up

Meg gets married, Jo rejects Laurie´s proposal and moves to NY. Amy goes to Europe

meeting Laurie for the first time at a party, Christmas, Amy´s punishment

Bhear and Jo get married, Aunt March dies, Jo opens up a school and publishes Little Women

Amy burned Jo´s book out of jealousy, Meg and John met, Laurie and Amy in France

Plot overview movie

Christmas with their father




Not in the chronological book order --> jumps back and forth between the past and the presentScenes have different color settings for girlhood and adulthood--> warmer color for scenes about girlhood--> colder colors for scenes about adulthood

Clear seperation of girlhood and adulthood --> Chapter One = girlhood--> Chapter two = adulthood.A better understanding of the relationships between the CharactersThe struggle of growing up and being a woman in a society is more obvious

Book scenes that were different from movie scenes or not even displayed

The time when they got judged by Kate Vaughn because of their povertyHow Jo and Friedrich Bhaer ended up togetherLaurie's proposal to AmyMeg´s and Mr.Brooke´s love storyHow Amy got punished by her teacher

They got closer to Laurie in a different way and met his grandfather in a different situationAmy going to Europe without Aunt March

Book reviews

  • "A timeless classic that I enjoyed just as much now as I did when I first read it at school"
  • " I found myself scanning the book because of its slow plot. There aren´t many exciting events to keep the reader hooked throughout"
  • "I was a bit surprised by how Amy and Laurie are written. Having now read the book, I feel that no one has yet truly captured their essences on screen"
  • "That feeling when you spend the whole majority of the book desperately longing to be a Jo, but end up realizing you´re actually just a beth
  • "Alexa, play "Champagne Problems" by Taylor Swift"

Movie review

  • "We enjoyed the movie but some of the editing choices made it difficult to follow the story and to differentiate between the times when the girls were younger teenagers and when they were young adults"
  • "This chronological shuffling jolts the story awake and nudges the viewer to pay close attention"
  • "Though Alcott`s work has been adapted many times before, Gerwig`s movie could rightfully become the definitive adaption

Beth´s last christmas

Laurie and Jo dance outside of the ball hall

Both, the book and the movie are something everyone should´ve watched or read at least once. Just to see the sisters growing up together is a very refreshing feeling and might make you think about memories of your childhood