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Compare and contrast how Katherine Mansfield portrays suffering in Marriage A La Mode and Bliss.

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Katherine Mansfield presents us with the demise (end) of love in these two short stories. In "Bliss ," Bertha Young is ecstatically happy with her life as a young married mother; however, we sense her vulnerability from the outset. She is too happy, feeling that she had "swallowed a bright piece of …sun," and the discerning reader will quickly realize that this happiness won’t last, following the literary convention that a short story that starts in peace will quickly be marred. Bertha is timid, allows her baby’s nurse (nanny) to dominate her, and regrets that her baby is nurtured in "another woman’s arms." Her suffering is psychological and Mansfield shows us how...

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