This book is a classic. It brings back those simple days when ignorance and simplicity was bliss. It holds charm and days of when a family unit was kept together as four sisters of different characters held on closely to each other. They held a strong bond and a true sense of sisterhood, as they matured into adult hood as each in turn took a role and a character of there own. The writer protrayed a family of maybe she wished she had and kept the charaters alive by living with them as she wrote about them. I believe the Author of this book protrayed herself as Jo, the independant and firey one whom became outspoken and was far too ahead of her time. There sounds a little hint of womens liberation. When in those days women didn't have the thought and by planting these images through Jo, the Author was disguising herself through her image. Amy though vain and wanting to look beautiful at all times loved the attention and wanted a more sofisticated role as a lady. Although she ended up with Jo's ex boyfriend. Beth represented more of the housewife and the mother who wanted to bear children and live the normal life as a good wife and Mother. Meg was always living in a dream and would imagine herself to be some famous star. Each of the four women in this book all had what tells you about women of today. A role of all sorts and to live with equal opportunities as Louisa May Alcott has insited. A clever book and very well written.