DVD Giveaway Contest – Win by writing about your favorite Little Women character

As promised, and in honor of Louisa and Bronson’s impending birthdays (November 29),  I am giving away a free DVD of the acclaimed documentary, Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women thanks to the generosity of Nancy  Porter and Harriet Reisen.

I’ve seen this documentary a few times and it is just wonderful seeing Louisa brought to life this way. All dialogue is taken from primary sources and much of it is filmed at Orchard House. You can see scenes from the film, interviews, and outtakes.

How to win? Write a short paragraph about your favorite character in Little Women – state who the character is and why that character is your favorite. If apropos, mention how this character may have impacted your life. Best entry wins!

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, November 23; hopefully the winner can receive her DVD in time for Louisa and Bronson’s birthdays.

And we’re off!

8 Replies to “DVD Giveaway Contest – Win by writing about your favorite Little Women character”

  1. Jo March of Little Women is achingly like myself. She yearns for independence, yearns for patience, yearns for the ability to write and know that her words are heard and worth reading – by someone. We two write in the night. We two busy our minds, ravenous for a something to conquer, and aware that this very urge to conquer creates a hard edge that is unlike the woman we are, deep inside. We feel apart from our siblings though they stand beside us. We yearn to run and stamp out a life anywhere else, yet to leave home is out of the question. Home, hearthside, is where life pulses. Family is in the bones of us. Right and wrong war daily with passion. Shall we shout and stamp or be quiet and kind? Which is the true spirit of us? It blurs, just as I blur with Jo. To see her struggle with patience, to see her manage it, has taught me to curb my own anxiety. She is a sister to my soul and so, accordingly, is Louisa May Alcott.

  2. I’m like Jo I’d have to say(but more like Louisa than I care to admit) I have a temper on me at times, but its getting better. I love to read, and I’m a writer. I long for independence, and nothing comes to me as easily as it does my brother. He gets everything.

  3. While I love them all, I am particularly fond of the character of Mr. Laurence, Laurie’s grandfather. One of my favorite scenes is when he sends the piano over to the March home for Beth to play. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Beth who plays piano herself, but the poignancy of that scene has always stayed with me. I wonder who Louisa was thinking of when she created the character of Mr. Laurence. Her own May relatives, who often supported the family (including giving them a piano at one time)? Or Mr. Emerson, perhaps, who was a supportive friend to the Alcotts through thick and thin? Perhaps Mr. Laurence was missing his own daughter when he gave the piano to Beth, just as Mr. Emerson grieved for his lost Ellen. Regardless, I see Mr. Laurence as a gentle and kindly man – a true gentleman – and he’s a character of which I am very fond!

  4. Jo March is my favorite “little women,” because her character is the one that I can relate to. Now, by no means I’ve ever been a writer or a tomboy, however, I’m “blessed” with the similar burden of moodiness, short temper and quick tongue. Just like Alcott might have been resolving her own issues writing about Jo, I have been learning to deal with mine while reading about her. In my favorite chapter “Jo Meets Apollyon,” Jo is learning a lesson of forgiveness, faced with consequences of her growing anger. I read it last year, while in fight with my boyfriend, and asked myself how far I was ready to go to make him pay for “all his wrongs.” Would I hold the grudge long enough to see him falling through the thin ice? 🙂
    Maybe this is not whole essence of Jo’s character. I love her for her determination to make her own money and be independent, for her selfless nursing of Beth, for sacrificing her hair to add to the money for her wounded father, and can relate to all of that too (except the hair part though), but what Jo taught me in Chapter Eight – that there is no such a thing that is unforgivable, and that the price of choosing to not forgive is too high, mich higher than the price of forgiveness, is truly the thing with the greatest impact on my life so far.
    Ever since my boyfriend and I made a deal of taking that Marmee’s piece of advice “don’t let the sun go down upon your anger,” our relationship grew stronger. He’s my fiance now. 🙂

  5. Laurie was in many respects my favorite character in Little Women. Of course I loved all the sisters, and identified with Jo (we are meant to — even to an adolescent, she was very obviously the author’s stand-in). But though at thirteen I, too, was a moody and occasionally rebellious tomboy, I did not have a cozy family like the Marches. My four siblings and I were not close. So I always identified with Laurie, the lonely face at the window, who only needed love and companionship to blossom into happiness.

  6. Who gave Lizzie Alcott (Beth March) her piano? Here’s the answer (from my book)

    “The driving force behind the Walpole Amateur Dramatic Company was the summer resident Dr. Henry Whitney Bellows, descendant of the founder of Walpole and the town’s leading light. Pastor of the First Congregational [Unitarian] Church in New York, forty-one-year-old Bellows made the Alcotts his pet project. He so liked shy twenty-year-old Lizzie Alcott that he presented her with a piano. Louisa called Bellows “the gayest of the gay” and incorporated his generous act into Little Women, as Mr. Laurence’s gift of a piano to Beth.”

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