Beth's death

Beth's death in the novel "Little women", has always been troubling for me, i couldn't understand why the author killed her.
All through the novel, it's shown that amy,Jo, and meg had dreams and aspirations, no matter how different they were. Yet, Beth didn't have any significant dreams, she was more nurturing than rebelious.I remember thinking that maybe she died cause she didn't have anything to do in life, that she didn't have hope or objectives. "hope floats" right?
She didn't have any, so she sank into the sea of death.

"Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death. Like a confiding child, she asked no questions, but left everything to God and nature, Father and Mother of us all, feeling sure that they, and they only, could teach and strengthen heart and spirit for this life and the life to come. "(Little Women, chapter 36)


Deeeeeee said…
I constantly wonder about that too.. Although I havent read the novel in quite sometime, I remember it being one of the most enjoyable, in a Pride and Prejudice sense of curiousity about the rather expected ending!

Thanks for the reminder of great literature!

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