The Garden Party: And Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

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What does "Innocence and Experience" mean as a theme in Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party from The Garden Party: And Other Stories?

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Themes in literature allow writers to share their intended message with readers and help to create a structure and an intention. The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield follows Laura on her road of self-discovery. A moral dilemma faces an indulged and privileged Laura when the garden party which her wealthy mother is hosting must take place despite tragic circumstances facing the family's much poorer and socially inferior neighbors. Although Laura is inclined to think that the party should be cancelled out of respect for the loss of the family's unknown neighbor who has been tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident, Laura allows her fickle nature to get the better of her. She is persuaded that she looks too stylish in her outfit- and especially her hat- to cancel. The family will make up for their seemingly uncaring attitude later by sending Laura around to the house with a basket of food from the party, by way of apology if the...

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