By Danielle Gorman
I’ve got sisters on my mind! But that’s probably because I’m currently on vacation in Texas, visiting my parents and one of my siblings—my youngest sister, to be exact. Sisters are great for sharing clothes, arguing over boys, and crying together while watching 90s rom coms.
For those of you in big families, you’ll understand when I say that you have a different relationship with each brother and sister. Some are closer than others. I love each of my siblings, but I’m extremely close to that teenage girl who reminds me of my younger self once upon a time. Spending time with her has made me reflect on the sisters I’ve read about in literature, and here are some of my favorite sororal relationships that influence and inspire me.
The March Sisters
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are the four beloved daughters of Marmie and their Civil War soldier father. And what’s great about this quartet of little women is the realism in their relationships. They love each other, yes, but that doesn’t stop them from doing horrible things to each other in a fit of jealousy and mean-spiritedness (remember the burning of the manuscript? Yeah, I’ll never forget it either).
The Bennet Sisters
Ah, the Bennets. The sisters you wanted but never had—actually, you did. They’re so incredibly real in the way they interact with each other. But we tend to ignore the fact that there are five Bennet girls in favor of only remembering Jane and Elizabeth. But Mary, Kitty, and Lydia were there too. And they were just as real and vivid to me as their elder sisters. In fact, there were many realistic moments in Pride and Prejudice where their bickering reminded me of my own sisters.
The Dashwood Sisters
I feel a special affinity with the Dashwood sisters. There are three of them (like in my family) and each sister has a similar personality to each of us. I have always been more of an Eleanor, my sisters Marianne and Margaret. And though they’re all very different, their bond is extremely close. They would each go out of their way for the other (and often do in the story) while maintaining individuality and kinship.
The Everdeen Sisters
The only set of sisters not coming to you via the 1800s, Katniss and Prim are far apart in age but close due to circumstances. After their father’s death, they have no choice but to cling to each other. They see one another through the horrors of the Hunger Games and poverty-stricken District 12 and, though their lives don’t turn out exactly as one would wish (for Prim, at least), they’re an example to you and me of the true love sisters feel.
As is obvious, I tend to gravitate toward more classic literature (which also happens to depict the type of sisterly relationships I relate to), so what books have influenced you and your sisters? Or what sororal relationships have inspired your family? Let us know!