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Katherine Mansfield's Bliss

- Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss" Katherine Mansfield¡¦s short story Bliss is filled with a lot of underlying mean-ings and themes. There are as well many symbols that Mansfield uses and among those the pear tree is an important one. In this essay I will prove that the pear tree is both a symbol for for Bertha and her life and the awakening of her sexuality. First I will sketch on the symbolic meanings of a pear and a tree as they are described in symbolic books and I will then focus on the pear tree in relation to Ber-tha throughout the story....   [tags: Katherine Mansfield Bliss Essays]

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The Metamorphosis of Bertha in Katherine Mansfield’s Bliss

- The Metamorphosis of Bertha in Katherine Mansfield’s Bliss Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss” is quite an interesting story full of underlying meanings and themes. Upon a first reading, it seems to be a simple story of a woman who feels uncontainable bliss one day, only to have it end when she discovers her husband is having an affair. Although this is a correct interpretation, after a second reading, much more is apparent. “Bliss” is a story of the revelation of a vibrant young woman, of criticism of society, and of sexual revolution....   [tags: Katherine Mansfield Bliss Essays]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' Bliss '

- Katherine Mansfield is a writer that has had a lot experience with love, respect, and other things. She shows it in her short stories and poems. One short story in particular is “Bliss”, this story takes place in the life and times of Bertha Young, and wife that is struggling with her feelings. Bertha is in the stage of her life where she is trying to figure out who she loves. Bertha along with Harry, her husband, and Pearl Fulton all go through different situations, and the theme of marriage is developed through the use of symbols, love triangles, and displacement....   [tags: Short story, Love, Fiction, Anton Chekhov]

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Katherine Mansfield And Sexuality

- One of the themes that can be found in the stories of Katherine Mansfield centres upon the role, status, sexuality, and "place" of women in society. According to Chantal Cornut-Gentille d'Arcy, "Mansfield's succinct narratives … are triumphs of style, a style which challenged the conventional parameters of nineteenth-century realism, constrained to plot, sequential development, climax, and conclusion" (244). More specifically, maintains that "even though Mansfield never acknowledged any profound engagement with Freudian approaches to sexuality or psychic disorder … Mansfield moved in a context which undoubtedly indicates she was aware of Freud's ideas and discoveries" (245)....   [tags: Katherine Mansfield Feminism Sex]

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Living the Blissful Life in Katherine Mandsfield´s Bliss

- ... 96). In the spring time, pears begin to blossom on pear trees with white blooms and eventually, pears begin to dangle from the tree. There are many places throughout the story where the reader is meant to compare Bertha to a pear tree. As Bertha dresses for the dinner party, she is described to be wearing "a white dress, a string of jade beans, green shoes and stockings" (pg. 96). With the reader being able to put the images of a pear tree and Bertha into one symmetrical picture, the idea that Bertha is ignoring the problems in her life are beginning to show....   [tags: maturing, life, spring, tree, blissful]

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Mansfields Bliss

- Katherine Mansfield thoughtfully named her story Bliss, to ask the question, “What is bliss?” Webster’s dictionary defines bliss as, “complete happiness”. In Bliss, the main character, Bertha, feels she is blissful. She has the perfect family, the perfect life, and a party that night. However, that perfect life is a façade, which the reader along with Bertha at times learns. After arranging the fruit for the evening party, Bertha like a child at Christmas runs upstairs to the nursery to see her baby, Little B....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield and Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

- Bliss and Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield and Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin On studying the texts Bliss and Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield and Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin I have associated all the stories with a sense of female repression. All the short stories feature a main female character and this character is being repressed in various ways such as by another character or their lives in general. In all the stories the awareness of repression appears towards the end mainly due to an event that has taken place....   [tags: Story of an Hour, Miss Brill Essays]

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The Feminist Struggle in Katherine Mansfield’s Short Stories

- Katherine Mansfield belongs to a group of female authors that have used their financial resources and social standing to critique the patriarchal status quo. Like Virginia Woolf, Mansfield was socioeconomically privileged enough to write influential texts that have been deemed as ‘proto-feminist’ before the initial feminist movements. The progressive era in which Mansfield writes proves to be especially problematic because, “[w]hile the Modernist tradition typically undermined middle-class values, women … did not have the recognized rights necessary to fully embrace the liberation from the[se] values” (Martin 69)....   [tags: Katherine Mansfield]

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The Life and Work of Katherine Mansfield

- The Life and Work of Katherine Mansfield Born as Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp in Wellington, New Zealand in the year 1888, Katherine Mansfield has long been celebrated as New Zealand’s most influential and important writer. Daughter of Annie Dyer and Herold Beauchamp, Mansfield was born to a wealthy businessman and a mother who was often thought to have been “aloof”. Attending school at a young age, Mansfield went to Wellington GC as well as Miss Swainson’s private school before being sent to Queen’s college in London for a more formal education....   [tags: Biography Katherine Mansfield Essays]

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The Stories of Katherine Mansfield

- “Dialogue in fiction is what characters do to one another,” the novelist Elizabeth Bowen argued. What is read and discussed is what the characters create, what they do, how they react, etc. Katherine Mansfield recapitulates exactly that through her creative and illustrating short stories. Mansfield takes you on a ride throughout her stories through the use of many different literary techniques displaying feelings and emotions. Katherine Mansfield wrote “A Dill Pickle,” a short story based on two former lovers....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Garden Party By Katherine Mansfield

- ... That’s kind of how some of the workers were illustrated within the story as well. “The gardener had been up since dawn, mowing the lawns and sweeping them, until the grass and the dark flat rosettes where the daisy plants had been seemed to shine. As for the roses, you could not help feeling they understood roses that roses are the only flowers that impress people at garden-parties; the only flowers that everybody is certain of knowing.” (Mansfield 245-246). The importance of this quote is to show that the grass and the darker colored rosettes are the lower class, whilst they get cut off and die only to be ignored or taken out by the upper class....   [tags: Working class, Middle class]

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Analysis Of ' The Fly ' By Katherine Mansfield

- ... After the boss says this, Mr. Woodifield declares, “’D 'you know,’. . . ‘they won 't let me touch it at home.’ And he looked as though he was going to cry.” The family does not let him touch whiskey at home, because he may have been an alcoholic after the death of his son. He may have looked as though he was going to cry, because he knows he needs the whiskey to drown out his thoughts of his dead son. This possible addiction that Mr. Woodifield had could have drove him and his family apart, so they protect him from relapsing by keeping him home....   [tags: Grief, Acceptance, Family, Son]

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The Garden Party, By Katherine Mansfield

- ... Sheridan decides that they should send the scraps from the party to the poor woman who had just lost her husband. Laura is not sure if they should send the leftovers, seeming as though she is comparing it to giving scraps to a dog. However sending Laura would make sense since she seems to be the only one you shows sympathy to people from the cottages. By the way that the poor part of the neighborhood is described one can see how the rich people look at the lower class. In the story the narrator mention how the rich children “were forbidden to set foot there because of the revolting language and of what they might catch” as if their home environment is much more sophisticated and uncontam...   [tags: Social class, Working class, Wealth, Middle class]

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The Fly, By Katherine Mansfield

- ... He tells Mr. Woodifield that this alcohol is the medicine that heals all the pain. After the boss says this, Mr. Woodifield declares, “’D 'you know,’. . . ‘they won 't let me touch it at home.’ And he looked as though he was going to cry.” The family does not let him touch whiskey at home because he may have been an alcoholic after the death of his son. Possibly he looked as though he was going to cry because he knows he needs the whiskey to drown out his thoughts of his dead son. This possible addiction that Mr....   [tags: Grief, Acceptance, Family, Son]

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Katherine Mansfield's Modernist Innovations

- The short story has invariably become regarded as a conservative form of literature given its often rigid, and basic plot dimensions focused on narrow plot and character development. However, with different writers come different experimentations within the short story. This is especially true with the modernism movement in mind. One modernist writer in particular, Katherine Mansfield, was indeed conscious of the possibilities that existed within the form of the short story as is evidenced in The Garden Party and Other Stories, Mansfield’s most prolific collection of short stories....   [tags: short story, modernism, women modernist]

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Miss Brill, by Katherine Mansfield

- Question 1 “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield tells a story of a lonely, English lady in France. Miss Brill is a quiet person who believes herself to be important. The whole afternoon at the gardens, Miss Brill does not converse with anyone, nor does anyone show any inclination to talk with her. She merely watches others and listens to their conversations. This provides her with a sense of companionship; she feels as if she is a part of other people’s lives. Miss Brill is also slightly self-conceited....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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The Fly By Katherine Mansfield

- Grief is the price we pay for love, and it can comes in two parts. The first is loss, and the second is the remaking of life. In Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Fly”, a man, who has built his whole business for his son only to lose him to war, feels as if he was grasping for grief and believed “he wasn 't feeling as he wanted to feel” when an old friend brings up his son’s death. It wasn 't until he notices a fly stuck in his inkpot, which the boss begins to feel something. “The Fly” depicts the theme of grief and sorrow, showing how the loss of his son has a lasting effect on the boss, however, he continues to move on from his mourning, and like how the fly slowly dies away in the en...   [tags: Tears, Feeling, Emotion, Feelings]

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Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- “The method a writer takes to bring a character to life” is defined as characterization. "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield displays the character of Miss Brill as the protagonist, confronted with the reality of her existence. In the short story "Miss Brill," by Katherine Mansfield, an elderly woman spends a Sunday afternoon visiting a seaside park as part of her weekly ritual. As a developing character, Miss Brill is forced to face a harsh reality from her routine events. In the short story, "Miss Brill," Katherine Mansfield effectively uses various literary techniques to characterize Miss Brill's complex and interesting character....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield : A Revolutionary Modernist Author

- ... Mansfield used her book “The Garden Party” not to appease the reader but let them see through the looking glass of truth and to take notice of the grave gap between social classes. Mansfield was considered of the modern short story during the time she was dying from Turberculosis and died at the age of 34. (Katherine Mansfield pg. 2567) The Garden Party was a way to “pull back the curtain” and reveal the distinction between the working and upper middle classes. An editor of the "The Garden Party “The Garden Party” Suduiko, Aaron Summary and Analysis" named Melanie R....   [tags: Middle class, Social class, Working class]

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Katherine Mansfield 's `` Miss Brill ``

- ... She explains to the nurse in the medical office “so the time come around, and I go on another trip for the soothing medicine” (Welty, 141). Jackson is aware that her grandson relies on her for strength and she explains to the employees helping her at the doctor’s office “my little grandson, he sit up there in the house all wrapped up, waiting by himself. We is the only two left in the world” (Welty, 141). The differences between the two women, of diverse socio-economic classes, in Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” and Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path”, seem to be more prevalent than the similarities....   [tags: Eudora Welty, A Worn Path, Jackson, Mississippi]

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Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield

- The Dreaded Glass Slipper In Katherine Mansfield’s “Her First Ball”, she describes an enchanting scene of a young girl debuting into modern society. Her own feelings show through the main protagonist, her own loneliness, and longing for a genuine relationship. Mansfield shows how loneliness affects the writing of an author through all the outer world interferences down trotting her emotions. Her story is somewhat in the beginning a Cinderella story, but the ending is not a happily ever after. The story reveals Mansfield’s personal emotions put into her characters, and she creates a romantic fairytale image to the reader....   [tags: young girl, modern society]

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Symbolism In Miss Brill, By Katherine Mansfield

- Miss Brill is a short fiction story written by Katherine Mansfield, which was first published in November 1920 in Athenaeum, an English literary magazine and then in Mansfield’s The Garden Party & Other Stories. The story takes place during a Sunday afternoon as an elderly woman enjoys her weekly visit to a French park. She enjoys watching others and sitting in on their lives, while the band plays in the gazebo. This story, written in the third person omniscient point of view, is told with a stream-of-consciousness narrative, as Miss Brill is revealed through her thoughts about others....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' The Dollhouse '

- Inner Light Every person has the potential to be a good human being. Katherine Mansfield displays this belief in her story “The Dollhouse”, in which three children receive a dollhouse as a gift. To explain this inner goodness, Mansfield uses the introduction of the dollhouse to the Burnells along with the young girls’ innocence to explain this theme, while also introducing characters that would appear to contradict this belief, but actually reinforce it. To start off, Mansfield uses the dollhouse as the first symbol of the inner good inside a person....   [tags: Human, Humans, Display device, Good and evil]

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Katherine Mansfield 's Miss Brill

- In Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” she illustrates a sanctimonious older female whom at the conclusion of the story understands the true definition of the ancient saying, “treat people the way you would like to be treated”. Correspondingly, in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” she exhibits the true meaning of “love” and how it along with courage can help you conquer any obstacle or dilemma you may encounter. With this in mind, the protagonists in each story allocate modest similarities, there are likewise compelling differences to be contemplated....   [tags: Eudora Welty, A Worn Path, Jackson, Mississippi]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's Miss Brill

- ... One of her belongings, “the red eiderdown” shows that she was once very wealthy because an eiderdown is the best you can buy, and “her fur” also demonstrates her previous wealth. She listens in on other people 's conversations because she does not want to feel lonely. Mansfield informs one of that when she wrote “She had become really quite expert, she thought, at listening as though she didn 't listen, at sitting in other people 's lives just for a minute while they talked round her.” She tries to live an alternative life for herself because she feels lonely in the life she lives....   [tags: Short story, Anton Chekhov, Miss Brill, Essay]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' The Garden Party '

- In Katherine Mansfield’s short story called “The Garden Party,” Laura the main character is preparing a lavish garden party when she hears of the death of a man who lives just below them. He is from the lower class but Laura still believes the party must be stopped because of how insensitive it is this man’s family. She tells her sister, Jose, that they need to stop the party and her sister replies amazed at Laura’s suggestion, “Stop the garden-party. My dear Laura, don’t be absurd. Of course we can’t do anything of the kind… Don’t be so extravagant” (228)....   [tags: Upper class, Working class, Middle class]

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"The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield

- Katherine Mansfield's "The Dolls House" seems to be a simple story about children receiving a own ideas and opinions. Even though everyone is entitled to their own opinion it is often bizarre to see how our opinions are based on those of others. This essay will outline the events that occurred in the story which are a big part in regards to the two different worlds of adults and children, and how they are separated from each other. The Dolls House is a story where you can see the cruelty of children towards each other....   [tags: World Literature]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' Miss Brill '

- The short story “Miss Brill” is misleading and illusory. The author, Katherine Mansfield, uses third person limited to take readers along into Miss Brill, the protagonist’s, delusions. The story is set in the 1920’s France, on a nice Sunday afternoon. The tone starts out airy with anticipation as Miss. Brill gears up in her best fur for a day at the “Jardins Publiques”, as Mansfield calls it. Toward the end of the story, the façade brought on by Miss. Brills need to hide from her intolerable reality, breaks and it becomes clear how lonely and wrong Miss....   [tags: Anton Chekhov, Short story, Miss Brill]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' The Garden Party '

- ... After Laura finished directing the setup of the marquee, she returns to the house. Inside, her sister, Jose, is directing the movement of the piano and decides to sing a song to make sure it is placed in an acoustically pleasing location. The song she sings is full of irony, especially in light of the fact that one of the Sheridan’s servants had just moved the piano to suite Jose’s desires. Jose sings the lyrics, “This Life is Wee-ary… Hope comes to Die” (2585). As Scatterfield points out, “That Jose chooses to sing a song about a weary life, obviously something she is unacquainted with, has to be ironic… weariness and sorrow are merely lyrics to be mocked.” Just before she begins to s...   [tags: Social class, Working class, Irony, Fiction]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' Miss Brill '

- ... What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Not everything can go perfect in a day --- it is important to accept that fact and move on. Updike and Mansfield incorporates a lesson in conclusion of both sad endings. Disappointment is something that is very real and possible for anyone to experience. If Sammy had gotten the girls when he quit his job he never would have learned that life can be cruel. If Miss Brill hadn’t hear the kids say the mean things that they did, she never would have questioned wearing an outdated necklet....   [tags: Fiction, Narratology, Narrative]

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The Garden Party, by Kathering Mansfield and The Myth of Persephone

- In the words of author Thomas Foster, “There’s only one story.” Most, if not all authors will draw inspiration from other works of literature to illustrate their story. Even if one is not an expert on Greek Mythology, one must take notice and appreciate the striking resemblance between The Garden Party and The Myth of Persephone. Laura is Katherine Mansfield’s depiction of Persephone as the former loses her innocence by witnessing death. On the surface, both tales begin in a natural, ideal setting that implies a tragedy will come along to spoil it....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Protagonist ]

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Mrs. Brill by Katherine Mansfield

- Mrs. Brill by Katherine Mansfield Mrs. Brill, a short story by Katherine Mansfield, takes place in Jardins Publiques seaside town in France. The story is about an elder lady by the name of Mrs. Brill who frequents a nearby park on Sundays to hear a band play. Before leaving to the park she removed her fur. Shaken of the moth powder and brushing it of Mrs. Brill admired her fur wrap. The tail was placed within its mouth and its black composite nose was no longer firm, giving the impression that the wrap was old....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' The Garden Party '

- Katherine Mansfield states that “One must go everywhere, one must see everything” (The Garden Party 75). The aforementioned quote states that an individual must try to see the world differently in order to realize the difference between illusions and reality. In Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”, Mansfield develops a notion of how an individual discovers their true self, when exposed to the reality of life. The protagonist’s, Laura, who has been living in an illusionary world, demonstrates this idea....   [tags: Upper class, Working class, Life, Johnny Depp]

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Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

- Katherine Mansfield, in her short story "Miss Brill", slowly reveals the nature of her main character. She gradually divulges Miss Brill's personality, leading the reader to believe things about Miss Brill that are not true. Also, the point of view t t Mansfield uses enhances the story and adds to the reader's misinterpretation of Miss Brill until the end of the story. Miss Brill's character is a complex one. She cannot be stereotyped and she has a multifaceted personality. The reader sees several sides of her nature....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Comparisons Between Two Souls By Katherine Mansfield

- Comparisons between two souls “Miss Brill” is written by Katherine Mansfield. The protagonist, Miss Brill, is from an English town, but she now lives in a French town. The story does not say whether or not she has a support system; so, we assume she does not. Krebs is the protagonist in the short story “Soldier’s Home” written by Ernest Hemingway. Krebs is a character in this short story that has come to his home town, Oklahoma, after shielding his country in World War I. Although Krebs and Miss Brill are from two altered environments, they share some of the same isolated qualities and obstinate habits....   [tags: Short story, Anton Chekhov, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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A Cup Of Tea, By Katherine Mansfield And The Story Of An Hour

- ... Mallard feels trapped with her relationship with a man named Brently Mallard. It does not give specific details on the relationship between these two individuals, but it does show as the story develops. Mrs. Mallard is told that her husband has died because of a railroad disaster, and Mrs. Mallard had an unusual response to this whole ordeal. Mrs. Mallard did not have the same response to this news as the other women around her did, because Mrs. Mallard now felt free. By her reaction and by what she says it is clear that Brently Mallard was not eating her right, and he deserved every unfortunate event that has happened to him....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Feeling, Woman]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' Miss Brill '

- ... She feels “a tingling in her hands and arms” as she walks outside, an excitement for leaving the physical isolation. Miss Brill, however, remains socially isolated with no companions on her excursion. This forces her to find entertainment in her own imagination and other people’s conversations. She becomes “quite an expert…at sitting in other people’s lives just for a minute while they talked around her.” Since she does not communicate with anyone, she finds pleasure in eavesdropping on others’ conversations....   [tags: Mind, Imagination, Old age, Woman]

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Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' Miss Brill '

- ... When she arrives at the Jardin Publiques, she takes note of small details, as it holds many wonders that captivate her mind that contrast with the dullness of her home. She notices the conductor’s “new coat” and “the little chain of bright drops” from the band. Miss Brill absorbs every detail around her, which feeds her imagination with ideas. Miss Brill has no companions during her outing, which forces her to find entertainment in her own mind and other people’s conversations. She became “quite an expert…at sitting in other people’s lives just for a minute while they talked around her,” acting as a spectator....   [tags: Mind, Imagination, The Play, Theatre]

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Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- As humans, much of our lives are based around social interaction. We are taught to live through various means of socialization from the time of our birth . Without this socialization and interaction among each other we can become very disillusioned and confused about how to function as a part of society. One would tend to isolate ourselves, exiled in this place we call the world. In Katherine Mansfield’s short story “Miss Brill,” one such person, herself a kind of outcast of society, creates a fantasy world in which she is at the center....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- Illusion vs. Reality in Miss Brill "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield is set the Jardins Publiques in France. Every Sunday Miss Brill looks forward to getting dressed up and visiting the park, where she enjoys people watching. Her weekly visits to the park are undoubtedly the highlight of her week, bringing her great joy and satisfaction. There are many illusions in this story, in this essay I intend to show three different illusions Miss Brill uses to make herself happy and how her reality is shattered at the end of the story by a chance remark....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- In many countries, taking care of the elderly is one of the top priorities. Some feel that our nation neglects the elderly. The older generation is often left to live in nursing homes or remain in their own homes with no loved ones around. This has the potential to make a person feel that he would like to shut out all of reality. The short story "Miss Brill", by Katherine Mansfield, is about an older woman who doesn't have any people around her that love her. Because of this isolation she makes things up in her mind to compensate....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- There will be many obstacles in life that are too hard for the average human to deal with, but it is how well the obstacles are dealt with that will make a difference. If the obstacles are handled properly, it could have positive effects; however, if they are handled poorly, it could diminish happiness. Katherine Mansfield's short story, "Miss Brill," uses symbol, plot, character, and point of view, to reveal the theme that creating an alternate reality through the lives of other people will not relieve loneliness....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield

- Katherine Mansfield Katherine Mansfield, who lived from 1888 to 1923, is considered to be one of the most remarkable short story writers of her time. Using her life experiences as an inspiration for her short stories, Mansfield sculpted her ideas into masterful pieces of literary work. Mansfield's life was full of interesting experiences that shaped her outlook upon life. The diversity of friends and acquaintances Katherine Mansfield had over her lifetime also had a great influence on her career....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Katherine Mansfield's Garden Party

- Set in colonial New Zealand, "The Garden Party" falls into two clearly different parts. A lot of the story is about the preparations and the consequences of the garden party, it was organized by the daughters of the privileged Sheridan family. As dawn breaks, Laura goes into the Sheridan's exquisite garden to inspect the proposed site for the marquee. Her encounter with three workers hired to raise the tent is awkward and confused, as she finds herself torn between being a snob and her developing sense of morality....   [tags: Garden Party Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield's Her First Ball

- Katherine Mansfield's Her First Ball Writing From A Woman’s World Everything is so magical, exactly the way it is in fairyland. Leila, Katherine Mansfield’s main character in the short story, “Her First Ball”, is absolutely breath-taken at every sight and sound at the ball. Everything around her is so strikingly new and enthralling. It is Leila’s first ball, and her first exposition to society. Mansfield describes the young girl’s emotions and excitement in a way that incarcerates her readers in the quaint fantasy world of Leila, and within the damsel’s spinning cyclone of different feelings and emotions....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield's Six Years After

- Katherine Mansfield's Six Years After In the short story ‘Six Years After’ written by Katherine Mansfield. There are many stereotypes (mostly aimed at men) and role-playing (played by men). When it comes to men and women, men are always the ones taking care of things or being ridiculed. In this essay I will prove that role-playing is what the author is trying to point out as the key theme in this short story. The steward plays the role of a host type of character. He was doing everything he could do in his power to make this couple as comfortable as possible....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Illusion of Youth

- Katherine Mansfield’s Miss. Brill written in 1920 is a short story a part of Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Other Stories. It is a short story about a middle-aged teacher, who finds joy in spending her Sunday afternoons, sitting in the park. At the park, she finds joy in observing others around her and pretending, they are all actors and actresses on a stage. Miss. Brill finds joy in the illusion that she creates at the park. She is a woman, who lives a very humdrum life and finds joy creating an unrealistic world, where she envisions herself as an actress....   [tags: Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill]

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Dealing with Social Ostracism in ‘The Doll’s House' by Katherine Mansfield

- Anyone who lived through high school gym class knows the desperation of being picked last for the sports team. The same hurt feelings bubble up when you are excluded from lunch with co-workers, fail to land the job interviewed for or are dumped by a romantic partner. Within a society, social classes are unavoidable. In the short story ‘The Doll’s House’, the author, Katherine Mansfield examines the difficulties dealing with class-consciousness and social ostracism in this society, also the influence on Isabel by Aunt Beryl....   [tags: prejudice, class, division]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Daughters Of The Late Colonel ' By Katherine Mansfield And Atonement By Ian Mcewan

- ... The only part of the narrative order that does happen chronologically is the last few events concluding the story. This is important because for the reader to fully understand what is happening in the story, they have to slow down and process what is really happening, instead of reading on through. Contributing to the confusion, there is no grand resolution that causes the reader to finally understand how it all comes together. Readers have to do the work on their own, in the form of close reading, to piece the chronological plot line together....   [tags: Time, Future, Narrative, Fiction]

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Character Sketch of Miss Brill in Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- Everyone has been lonely once in their lives; when a person is lonely they can begin to exhibit strange behaviors, they can become paranoid, hallucinate, or project inner thoughts into their realities. Most people who are lonely usually live alone and prefer to be a closed off from the outside world. In Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield, she shows her loneliness by using others peoples lives for her enjoyment, for thinking she and everyone else was on a stage, also by snapping to reality when treated with cruelty....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Commentary and Analysis of Katherine Mansfield’s Story: Miss Brill

- In Katherine Mansfield’s story “Miss Brill,” the main character, Miss Brill, escapes to the park every Sunday afternoon to take her place in the ongoing performance. She spends her time eavesdropping and fantasizing about her surroundings. The park symbolizes a place of purpose, individuality significance, and community for the protagonist. For some people the park is a meeting place or even a place to goof off; however, for Miss Brill the sole purpose of the park was for her personal entertainment....   [tags: Park, Loneliness, Eavesdropping]

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The Relationship Between Katherine and Zebra in Anchee Min's Novel, Katherine

- The Relationship Between Katherine and Zebra in Anchee Min's Novel, Katherine Anchee Min, a Chinese novelist, has written many books about life in China revolving around the Cultural Revolution, including her autobiography Red Azalea. In her novel Katherine (1995), readers are exposed to life after the Cultural Revolution. The story focuses on two bold characters—Katherine and Zebra. Katherine, an American schoolteacher, comes to China to teach English to the younger generation. Her western ideology—free spirit, free will, and her stylish appearance--influences her students to think differently about the ways they live....   [tags: Katherine]

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The Silences in Mansfield Park

- The silences in Mansfield Park reveal the nature of each character. Fanny’s silences reveal her inner self, the core of morals. They reveal that while Fanny looks like a timid, frail being but inside she possess a set of principle that are unyielding to any outside force. Through her silence, Fanny becomes the selfless conscience of Mansfield Park. Fanny is strong-willed in her steady continual silence. She is sole unmoving thing in a fluid, ever moving time. Fanny grew up in a large, ever-growing household, where quiet was so hard to come by....   [tags: Mansfield Park, Jane Austen, silence]

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The Imagination of Miss Brill in Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

-     In his introduction to the story, Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield, Michael Meyer says, "Mansfield tends to focus on intelligent, sensitive protagonists who undergo subtle but important changes in their lives" (226).  Two key questions in Miss Brill are what kind of intelligence and sensitivity does she posses, and what is the true nature of the change that she undergoes as a result of the young man's cruel remark about her, "But why not. Because of that stupid old thing at the end there....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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The Characterization of Miss Brill in Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

- In the Bedford Introduction to Literature, Characterization is defined as "... the process by which a writer makes that character seem real to the reader"(2126). In order to do this a writer has multiple tools at their disposal that add to the depth of a character and simplify roles in a story. This includes the use of Protagonists and Antagonists, static and dynamic characters, showing and telling, and motivated and plausible action, as well as many others. The short story "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield is no exception to this and displays the main character of Miss Brill as the protagonist, who is confronted with the reality of her existence....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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A Character Analysis of Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- In "Miss Brill," by Katherine Mansfield, Sundays are a magical day for Miss Brill until she is forced to step out of her daydream and face reality. Every Sunday Miss Brill, a shy English school teacher, goes to the Public Gardens and takes her "special seat" to look forward to listening to the conversations of others.. This lonely older woman has become quite the expert on eavesdropping. Miss Brill starts to view everything she observes on Sundays in the form of a beautifully choreographed theatrical performance in which everything, herself included, plays a role....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Self Realization in Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- In the short story entitled "Miss Brill," written by Katherine Mansfield, the reader spends a routine Sunday with Miss Brill, whose character is revealed through her thoughts about others as she observes a crowd of strangers and soaks up the atmosphere while sitting at a bench in the park. Miss Brill seems to enjoy her routine of sitting in the park and listening to the band play, but most of all she savors the ability to eavesdrop into other people's lives by listening "as though she didn't listen" (Mansfield 259) to their conversations and observing their every move....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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A Character Analysis of Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- Katherine Mansfield's "Miss Brill" is a woman self-contained, not pessimistic but settled, content. She is not a victim of her circumstances, but the satisfied creator of them. You could say she has her ducks lined up the way she wants them. Through the character of Miss Brill, Katherine Mansfield reveals a woman who has the ability to enjoy a simple world of her own elaborate creation. Miss Brill is a single woman, probably in her mid to late fifties. She lives alone in a very small space without even a cat or bird....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Summary of the Setting in The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

- Summary of the Setting in The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield The setting in the book The Garden-Party is a very central element in the story. It is a beautiful summer day and a respectable family are having a garden party. All the roses and other flowers are colourful and fresh and the garden is extremely well-kept. The main reason for the garden party seems to be showing-off among friends in the upper-class. The mother in the family is very thorough in her preparations, everything has to be in a specific way....   [tags: Papers]

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Point of View in Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

- The point of view that Katherine Mansfield has chosen to use in "Miss Brill" serves two purposes. First, it illustrates how Miss Brill herself views the world and, second, it helps the reader take the same journey of burgeoning awareness as Miss Brill. The story is written in a third person omniscient (although limited) point of view. Miss Brill also interprets the world around her in a similar fashion. She is her own narrator, watching people around her and filling in their thoughts to create stories to amuse herself....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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The Change of Miss Brill in Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

- Katherine Mansfield's "Miss Brill" is a deep illustration of delusional thinking when one is deprived of emotional human bonds. This short story paints a picture of an elderly woman, Miss Brill, who believes life is a walk in the park, until a couple leads her to believe life is not all fantasy. Although this tale develops gradually, Miss Brill undergoes a drastic transformation at the tale?s end. The change that Miss Brill is forced to undergo is understandable through symbolism, characterization, and theme....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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The Aging Process in Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- Katherine Mansfield's "Miss Brill" perfectly captures the phases one's mind goes through when faced with becoming old. Elderly people tend to be nostalgic, even sentimental about their youth. In later years, the nostalgia can develop into senility or fantasy. The ermine fur in "Miss Brill" is the catalyst of her nostalgia and symbolizes the passing of time in three stages: an expectant youth, a vital adulthood, and finally, a development into old age and fantasy. The story opens with Miss Brill's excitement that the "season" has arrived for social engagements; perhaps it is the tourist season when the ladies debut their latest fashions....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Katherine Mansfield’s Her First Ball

- Katherine Mansfield’s Her First Ball 1 In Katherine Mansfield’s Her First Ball, Leila, the main character is an eighteen-year-old girl from the rural country who has recently moved into the city with extended family members. To Leila, everything was “so new and exciting” (4th paragraph) and she immediately begins her path from innocence to experience. I can empathize with her, but I don’t feel sympathy for her. She didn’t have a tragic experience, she a learning experience. Leila’s metamorphosis during the course of the story proves that she is a heroine who overcame the conflict in her journey....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Insignificant Soul in Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- Miss Brill: An Insignificant Soul Every Sunday, Miss Brill looked forward to a wonderful day in the park. There, she would secretly dive into the lives of the surrounding human beings, taking in each of their words and actions and creating a fantasy world all of her own that she was sure she belonged in, but she was mistaken. Her fantasy world does crumble, and Miss Brill, the protagonist in the short story, “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield, soon finds herself in reality. Miss Brill can be clearly seen as a flat, yet dynamic character, as can be portrayed through her thought transformation....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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A Literary Analysis of Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

- In "Miss Brill," Katherine Mansfield describes an aging English teacher living in France who visits the Public Gardens every Sunday to listen to the band play and observe the other park visitors. On this particular Sunday, Miss Brill notices that it is just cool enough to unpack her favorite fur. She has not worn the fur in a long time and is delighted to wear it again. When she reaches the park she sits on her favorite bench and proceeds to observe the people around her and listen to the band....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Katherine Sheppard

- "A great woman has gone whose name will remain an inspiration to the daughters of New Zealand, while our history endures". This quote was read at the funeral for Katherine Sheppard. The political advancement of women in New Zealand was brought about by a handful of courageous women, particularly Kate Sheppard. Kate Sheppard was born on March 10, 1847 in Liverpool, England. Her full name was Katherine Wilson Sheppard, but she preferred the name Kate. After her father's death in 1862 when Kate was only 15, Kate's mother, took her and her two older brothers over to New Zealand, in 1868 and settled in Christchurch....   [tags: Katherine Sheppard]

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A Journey into Self-Discovery in Araby by James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield’s, The Garden Party

- In “Araby”, author James Joyce presents a male adolescent who becomes infatuated with an idealized version of a schoolgirl, and explores the consequences which result from the disillusionment of his dreams. While living with his uncle and aunt, the main character acts a joyous presence in an otherwise depressing neighborhood. In Katherine Mansfield’s, The Garden Party, Mansfield’s depicts a young woman, Laura Sherridan, as she struggles through confusion, enlightenment, and the complication of class distinctions on her path to adulthood....   [tags: infatuation, adulthood, realization]

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Existence of Two Worlds in One Doll House :Katherine Mansfield’s The Doll’s House

- In Katherine Mansfield’s “The Doll’s House” the physical existence of the doll house is a representation of conflict within the two different worlds of adults and children. There are three main physical attributes belonging to the doll house used to exemplify the existing conflict within the two worlds. First the description of the doll house has opposites tones when described by the voice of an adult narrator, in contrast to the child narrator, portraying the existing conflict in both worlds. Furthermore the lamp inside the doll house is a symbol comparing the genuine and artificial societies in which cause the two worlds to conflict (Beveridge 5)....   [tags: conflict, tone, narrator, lamp, openness]

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Women's Education in Mansfield Park

- Women's Education in Mansfield Park       In Mansfield Park, Jane Austen presents three different kinds of formal education for women. Two of these have the ultimate goal of marriage, while the third is, possibly, as close to a gentleman's education as a woman's could be. Although there is some overlapping of these three types, each one is, basically, embodied in one of the major female characters -- Maria Bertram, Mary Crawford, and Fanny Price -- to show the follies and the triumphs of each....   [tags: Mansfield Park Essays]

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Fantasy Worlds in The Garden Party and Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield

- In the short stories ‘The Garden Party’ and ‘Her First Ball’, both written by the well-known New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield, the importance of detail lies in several fields. As Mansfield herself states, “there is an indefinite value and delight in detail” and this is shown constantly as she uses it much effectively to portray themes, provide us with a contrast between the two different settings and also paint us a clear picture of the protagonists’ fantasy worlds. Mansfield shows and doesn’t tell....   [tags: essays research papers]

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How Far She Went by Mary Hood and Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

- How Far She Went by Mary Hood and Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield Synopsis 1. One of the more interesting literary selections in Perrine's Story and Structure was " How far she went" by Mary Hood. The setting in this story takes place in a rural american town. There is the girl, who's name is never revealed and the Grandma, who's name is never revealed as well. The girl is kept at her grandma's house against her will. Her father sent her out to her Grandma's not telling her that she would be staying for good....   [tags: Compare Contrast]

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Women’s Plight in Katherine Mansfield’s Life Of Ma Parker

- Katherine Mansfield’s "Life of Ma Parker" presents the plight of Ma Parker as a working-class woman at the turn of the century, in terms of her position in the sphere of the family and in the sphere of society. "Life of Ma Parker" is a story of a widowed charwoman. Like Miss Brill, Ma Parker is a very lonely woman, but their equally painful story is told quite differently, mainly because Mansfield supplies no background to account why Miss Brill’s Sunday passes as it does. As the title of the story denotes, we receive the story of Ma Parker’s life, which explains her current situation....   [tags: Life Of Ma Parker Essays]

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False Identities in The Necklace, Guy de Maupassant and Miss Brill, by Katherine Mansfield

- False Identities in "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant and "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield When I think of false identities, two stories come to mind. "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant and "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield. Both these stories deal with women who are nearly obsessed with lives that aren't their own. Both stories illustrate a woman who has entered into this `false reality.' By comparing and contrasting the characters and setting, we are able to take a look at the similarities and differences....   [tags: Miss Brill Essays]

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Discuss the depiction of women and women's lives in the short stories of Katherine Mansfield.

- Katherine Mansfield wrote all of her work between the years 1911 and 1925. This was a transitional period for women, where women began to fight for their right to live as equals to men, who up until then had dominated society. In 1915 she started writing what she hoped to be a novel, entitled `The Aloe', which was published in 1918 as a short story with the title `Prelude'. In Prelude Katherine Mansfield focuses on the women and the girls, and their struggles to come to terms with their identities....   [tags: World Literature]

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The Character of Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park

- The Character of Mrs. Norris in Mansfield Park    For any character there are three main ways of learning about them. Firstly, how the character themselves thinks and behaves. Secondly, how other characters respond to the character. Lastly, how the author discusses the character is very revealing. Each of these views of Mrs. Norris is provided by the author. Mrs Norris is only related to Mansfield Park through her sister, Lady Bertram. While she may not have managed to make the affluent marriage that her sister did, there is no doubting her love of money....   [tags: Mansfield Park Essays]

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Illusion versus Reality in Miss Brill

- Illusion versus Reality in Miss Brill            Is it really "okay" to talk to yourself as long as you don't talk back. Well, what if your fur piece talks back. In Katherine Mansfield's short story, "Miss Brill," it is a quickly established fact that Miss Brill has an odd relationship with her fur necklet (440). But it is the author's descriptive use of symbolism that provides a deeper understanding of Miss Brill's personality. Katherine Mansfield creates the woman in the ermine toque (441) in similarity to Miss Brill to reveal Miss Brill's identity in connection with her own fur piece and invite comparison, which further illustrates Miss Brill's perception of reality....   [tags: Katherine Mansfield Miss Brill Essays]

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Analysis Of Katherine Anne Porter 's ' The Grave '

- Katherine Anne Porter is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist known for writing thought provoking stories of the human heart and nature around our lives through relatable everyday realities. Although the writer claims, “I do not believe in style. The style is you”, the structures of her works are very complex. In Porter’s short story, “The Grave”, two main characters are introduced as siblings named Miranda, 9, and Paul, 12....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Katherine Anne Porter]

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Comparsion between Katharine Mansfield´s The Doll's House and Oscar Wilde´s The Devoted Friend

- ... Hugh is a very rich man but he always uses the friendship to make Hans do anything he said. In the second story, The Doll's house, this story all about the relationship between The Kelvins and The Burnells. This relationship between very bad and unusal. Poor The Kelvins, no one like to talk or do anything with them, they always alone but then, one of The Burnells want to invite them to see the doll's house ( page 44 and 45 )....   [tags: friendship, poor, story]

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Mansfield Park’s Fanny Price

- Jane Austen’s novels are recognized for their competent heroines. From Elizabeth of Pride and Prejudice to Anne Elliot of Persuasion, Austen’s heroines are independent, indomitable, and intellectual. Mansfield Park’s protagonist Fanny is viewed in the eyes of countless readers as weak, quiet, and even snobbish. Yet when her accomplishments in the Bertram household are taken into account, Fanny reappears as a deeper figure. Fanny Price, though reserved and sullen at times, aptly presents herself as a determined and ethically sound character in a family marked by wanton behavior....   [tags: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park]

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The Search for a Home in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

-        Jane Austen's Mansfield Park is a novel obsessed with home and family.  It begins a story of one family, three sisters, and quickly expands to a story of three families, the Bertrams, the Prices, and the Norrises.  Family upon family is added, each one growing, expanding, and moving until the novel is crowded with characters and estates.  An obsession with movement creates an overall feeling of displacement and confusion.  Fanny Price is moved from Portsmouth to Mansfield and then back to Portsmouth and back to Mansfield....   [tags: Mansfield Park Essays]

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