In Little Women, the home is more than a house where you sleep at night. The domestic sphere provides a moral center for men and women alike, and a comfortable home, full of love, is depicted as the basic unit of a stable society. As children grow up, they learn to contribute to the comfort and structure of the family home, which prepares them to develop homes of their own once they marry and "leave the nest." According to this view, joyless or unhappy homes are the root of most of the problems in the world.
In Little Women, the establishment of a comfortable, cozy domestic space by women exerts a positive moral influence on the men in their lives.
Marmee teaches her girls to carry within them all the principles they need to create homes and homelike spaces wherever they go.