Little Women has been called autobiographical because Louisa May Alcott used so many episodes from her own childhood and that of her family to create the story. But where does fact end and fiction begin? Or does it even work like that?
Stern says, “Fact was embedded in fiction, and a domestic novel begun in which the local and the universal were married, in which adolescents were clothed in flesh and blood.”
True or False?
Let’s have a little quiz, True or False – is the following a real episode or fiction? Warning: the answer isn’t always black and white so pick True if it’s more black than white and False if the opposite.
Copy the entire list and then put TRUE or FALSE after the statement and we’ll compare notes.
- Hannah the servant
- The Christmas play (“The Witches’ Curse, an Operatic Tragedy)
- Amy burns Jo’s manuscript
- Marmee’s temper
- Amy falling through the ice
- Jo pinching Meg’s papered locks before the ball
- Meg being dressed up as a doll at Annie Moffat’s
- Amy bewailing her pickled limes
- Beth receiving the piano from Mr. Lawrence
- Mr. March’s illness
- Jo sells her hair.
- Beth wasted away and died peacefully.
- Jo published her first story, “The Rival Painters.”
- Amy writes her own will.
- Jo rejects Laurie’s love.
Answers in the next post. Good luck!
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