‘Little Women’ Ending Explained: How Greta Gerwig’s Changes Improve on the Book

Spoilers for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women follow below, including changes from the book.

Writer/director Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women is a masterful example of changing the book for the better.

Alcott’s novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, with the first volume following the March sisters—Jo, Mary, Beth, and Amy—throughout their childhood growing up in Massachusetts and the second volume picking up with the characters in adulthood.

Instead of presenting the story in two halves, Gerwig’s film layers the past and …

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