Four teenaged sisters and their mother, whom they call Marmee, live in a new neighborhood (loosely based on Concord) in Massachusetts in genteel poverty. Having lost all his money, their father is acting as a pastor in the American Civil War, far from home. The women face their first Christmas without him.
Jo: I'm working on a novel. It is a story of my life and my sisters.
Mr. Dashwood: Make it short and spicy, and if the main character is a girl make sure she's married by the end.
Laurie: Aw! Jo!
Amy: I want to be an artist in Rome and be the best painter in the world.
Beth: That’s what you want too, isn’t it, Jo, to be a famous writer?
Jo: Yes. But it sounds so crass when she says it.
Marmee: My girls have a way of getting into mischief.
Laurie: So do I! This is Meg, Amy, Beth, and Jo.
All Girls: AHH!
Jo: I intend to make my own way in the world.
Aunt March: No one makes their way, least of all a woman. You’ll need to marry well.
Jo: But you’re not married, Aunt March.
Aunt March: Well, that's because I'm rich!
Laurie: Jo, would you like to dance with me?
Jo: I can’t because I scorched my dress. And Meg told me to keep still so no one would see it.
Laurie: I have an idea of how we can manage.
Aunt March: Jo is a lost cause. So you are your family’s hope now.
Amy: I believe we have some power over who we love it isn't something that just happens to a person.
Laurie: I think the poets might disagree.
Jo: We can leave, right now. I'll sell stories.
Jo: And, you! You should be an actress and you should have a life on the stage
Meg: Just because my dreams are different than yours, doesn't mean they're unimportant
Laurie: I loved you ever since I've known you, Jo. I couldn't help it.
Jo: It could be a disaster.
Laurie: It won't be a disaster.
Jo: We'll be misserable.
Laurie: We will be in a perfect state.
Jo: I can't. I can't.
Woman: A new play written by Miss Jo March
Jo: Women, they have minds, and they have souls, as well as just hearts.
Amy: I want to be great or nothing.
Jo: And they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it!
Marmee: There are some nature's - laughing Tibet
Mr. Dashwood: So, who does she marry?
1. Name the four teenage sisters and discuss their different personalities.
2. Who are the greatest women in your country’s history?
3. How will women be different 100 years from now?