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Little Women

Little Women


by Louisa May Alcott

Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Tomboyish Jo March develops a friendship with her rich neighbor Theodore Laurence, who becomes infatuated with her.

Act II

Jo rejects Laurie's proposal of marriage. To avoid him, she goes to New York to seek her fortune, where she meets the kind and intelligent Professor Bhaer


Jo returns home to care for her dying sister Beth. In the wake of her loss, she discovers her love for Mr. Bhaer. Meanwhile, Laurie transfers his affections to Beth's sister Amy.

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