THE MORAL VALUES IN LOUISA MAY ALCOTTS NOVELS: LITTLE WOMEN AND AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL

Aminah Ali Dato Madilao, Rita Sutjiati

Abstract


In the Louisa May Alcotts novels; Little Women, and An Old-Fashioned Girl,
there are found many values particularly in moral values because those novels
show view of life; concern with moral issues and effort to increase the living
that is clearly reflected through the main characters. In those novels, character is
the one of that makes the story interesting. This research uses qualitative method
as the research methods. The data is in the form of quotations and sentences
related to the problem. The source of data is the Louisa May Alcotts novels
Little Women, and An Old-fashioned Girl The result of this research shows
that there are individual morality and social morality in those novels, which are
reflected through the main characters beliefs or attitudes. The significant
morality characteristics in those novels are: Being honest, independent, caring,
sacrificial and reliable for their family and friend because the main characters
wanted to do anything to help and provide them. It is showed in the main
character of Little Women, who became the main object of analysis, proved that
women can develop and reach her dream by her own effort. She did not want to
depend on men and her family; she tried to earn her own living to help and
provide herself and the family. However, the other main character of An
Old-fashioned Girl, showed through all her changes, caring, faithful, helpful,
and as cheerful as she could be, when her friends were in the trouble. These
stories gave us valuable lessons in life mainly in our knowledge of moral value
itself. These books should have an honoured place in any libraries.

 

Keyword : MORAL, NOVEL


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