Memorable Sisters in Literature

At some point in time, someone–somewhere–decided that August the fifth should be declared National Sisters’ Day. While I might not know the specifics of this holiday’s creation, I do know that I definitely have reason to celebrate–six sisters is something to celebrate, after all. While my bunch might not be model sisters (I definitely remember lots of diary-reading, hair-pulling, and name-calling), I am glad I have my sisters. Who else would I have to play the Jane Austen game with? (Yes, we did play this invented game together last week.)

In celebration of the day, I’ve decided to list some of the sisters in literature that I find most memorable. Mention in the comments if there are any more you think should be included!

  • The Bennett sisters from Pride and Prejudice: While this group of sisters might not be completely harmonious and loving, they are definitely memorable. Lydia and Kitty are rather too obnoxious for my taste and Mary can be a bit of a snob, but Elizabeth and Jane seem to have a strong bond. As I was re-watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice a few weeks ago, I noticed this bond more than ever. Between each major event, we see Elizabeth and Jane at home in their PJs talking over each others’ crises. Some things never change.


  • The Dashwood sisters from Sense and Sensibility: Continuing with the Jane Austen theme, I have to mention Elinor and Marianne. Though they are extreme opposites, they stick together. They have secrets from each other and may even annoy each other at times with their reserve (or lack there-of), but they are loyal to each other.


  • The March sisters from Little WomenOne of the strongest themes in this book is the strength of sisterhood. I grew up watching the movie version of this, but–after reading it–I noticed this theme in an even stronger way. The bond of strong sisterhood does not fade through distance, differences, or even death. The March sisters go through all of these but still treasure each other.


  • The Fossil sisters from Ballet Shoes: Among this talk of sisters, I should also mention that not all sisters are blood-related. Pauline, Petrova, and Posy are all adopted from different families and backgrounds, which is obvious through their looks, interests, and talents. Though the book (and movie) show their arguments and occasional selfishness, they end up supporting and holding each other up.


  • The “Unclaimed Treasures” from Skylark: When Sarah (from Sarah, Plain and Tall) visits her family in Maine after disaster strikes, she finds her three elderly aunts as wild as ever, walking around–occasionally dancing around–in their bare feet. Having been “unclaimed” in marriage, the three sisters stick together and enjoy their independence.

Happy National Sisters’ Day!

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