A combination essay on Little women and the short story How it all Happens by Louis May Alcott

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Name Instructor Course Date Little Women and How it all Happened “My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many, but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness” (Alcott, “Little Women” 142). While examining a time when the state is experiencing a civil war, Alcott motivates the readers to show love and embrace the virtue of gratitude. She recommends that despite what one goes through they should learn to appreciate the little they have. At the same time, people must learn to accommodate their neighbors. This paper assesses how Alcott reveals the themes of gratefulness and not judging a book by its cover. Christmas is a time when people celebrate, give presents, and travel. However, when there is a civil war and a family has been through hardship, there is too little to celebrate. In the stories, the characters are worried about their poor nature and inability to reward their relatives and friends. Dolly and Polly struggle to purchase a charismas tree so that they could not disappoint Will and Petkin. On her part, Polly is stressed that the red flannel shirts they sewed could only fetch six cents apiece. Even after having made fifty cents, they were willing to sacrifice the savings for toys for the brothers. In her statement, Polly comments that “I did not know how poor we were until I saw the tree and I could not help it” (Alcott, “How it all Happened” 2). When one thinks about the sisters, it is evident they must have been suffering all the year long. This would be the first time they were about to celebrate the Christmas without presents. Since their father died,

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