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In Little Women, the girls play pilgrims. How does this game and the book on which the game is based reflect the larger scheme of the novel? In Little Women the girls play pilgrims, not the kind of pilgrim’s that came over on the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock. The type of pilgrims Alcott is describing are the ones from the classic Christian based story by John Bunyan’s popular 17 th century allegory “Pilgrim’s Progress” (Perkins and Perkins, 119). The March girls face many burdens such as in the story of the “Pilgrims Progress” Their mother Marmee tries to keep them grounded with faith a morals. The chapter begins with “Christmas won’t be the same without any presents” (Alcott, 114), the girls are facing the burden of a Christmas without presents due to the family’s new financial status. This is just one of the many burdens the girls have to carry such as “the bundles “of the Pilgrims in the story that they reenact. Marmee states that “…it is a play we are playing all the time in one way or another. Our burdens are here, our road is before us, and the longing
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