This story is based off of the adventures and trials of Louisa May Alcott, and is themed on the trials of girls growing up in the late 1800s. Maturity is a large factor for the story. The story is mainly about Jo and her path to adulthood (though the other girls represent significantly in the book about how many girls then might've acted, and how things were for the less bold girls. For the ones who wished to be a woman by the standards of that era, and by the standards of what the people around them set), though Jo is constantly fighting the inevitable maturity by dressing like a man, getting dirty, and by speaking her mind, which was an unheard of act.