I am so fortunate to have an amazing sister who has shaped my life in so many ways. Even though we now live far apart, we manage to stay close with lengthy phone chats at least once a week. My sister listens to and cares about the minor details of my life, shares so many of my precious childhood memories, and brings so much joy with her energy and sense of humor.
In literature, the presence of a strong sibling relationship can have a huge impact on a character's journey, in childhood and beyond. Hannah shared her favorite sibling relationships a little over a month ago, and today I'd like to share mine (they all happen to be sisters, but of course brothers are equally important!):
3) The River of Time series by Lisa Tawn Bergren
2) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
1) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
In my mind, both the book and movie versions of Little Women illustrate the epitome of what sibling relationships can be. The events in the lives of the March family are nothing out of the ordinary, but the close bond the sisters have with each other makes everything more meaningful. In a time of poverty for their family, the girls make their own fun by creating their own newspaper and putting on "wild theatricals." Together, they find joy in small pleasures, like a special Christmas meal. But they also have conflicts, which are so palpable you can feel Jo's rage when Amy destroys her manuscript and Meg's irritation when Jo ruins her hair. They also struggle with the changes which every family must face - older siblings striking out on their own or getting married, leaving younger siblings behind. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy illustrate the beauty and challenges of sibling relationships in a timeless way that brings me back to their story again and again.
What kind of relationship do you have with your sibling(s)? What sibling relationships in books and movies stand out to you as your favorites?
Thanks for reading!
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Little Women: http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/littlewomen/images/a/ad/Little_Women_1994.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140617173321