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The character of Bertha in "Bliss" by Katherine Mansfield is on the surface a perfect example of a happy picture of motherhood and upper-middle-class life. She and her circle pride themselves on...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2017 2:59 pm UTC

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A paradox is something which is inherently contradictory on its face, but which, after further investigation, may turn out to be logical or true. In this story, the title, "Bliss," refers to a...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 12:10 pm UTC

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The ending of Katherine Mansfield's short story is left open-ended, with the reader given an unwritten invitation to interpret the story's ending as they will. Having experienced an afternoon and...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 9:58 am UTC

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Early in Katherine Mansfield's short story "Bliss," Bertha, in her state of bliss that she cannot explain, sees her blooming pear tree in her garden and sees it as a "symbol of her own life." From...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 8:21 am UTC

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The irony is the story is that Bertha has all along believed she has a perfect, blissful life, only to find she has been living in a fool's paradise. This occurs when she realizes her husband,...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 3:33 am UTC

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In "The Story of an Hour," Mrs. Mallard grieves significantly and immediately upon hearing of her husband's supposed death. It is a gut, emotional reaction. After reflecting upon the impact his...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013 6:08 pm UTC

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In Katherine Mansfield’s story “Bliss,” Bertha is presented as a self-absorbed upper-middle-class woman. This young wife and mother spends considerable time thinking about her own emotional state....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 6:29 pm UTC

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To answer this question you need to think of how the story operates and in particular the themes that it presents. One of the more subtle themes of this excellent tale is that of change and...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 6:17 pm UTC

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The setting of "Bliss" is Bertha and Harry Young's beautiful townhouse. Bertha has come home that afternoon in anticipation of the dinner party she and Harry are throwing in the evening. During the...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 7:25 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield is known for her short stories, and "Bliss," written in 1918, is an excellent example of her style and themes. There is not one clear main theme; rather, it hints at some,...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 4:37 pm UTC

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In Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp's "Bliss," the women's roles can be viewed as a very critical portrayalof women in general. This characterization is directly linked to Ms. Mansfield's personal...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 8:01 am UTC

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There is no direct mention of God in the story, nor do any of the characters explicitly pray to ask anything of God. The main character, Bertha, does, however, have something like a religious...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 3:38 pm UTC

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I would say, though, that the attraction is sexual, but not necessarily only sexual. I'd go with your second suggestion: that it is partially sexual. The evidence for a sexual component you've...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2007 9:42 am UTC

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Bertha has been living most of her life in a dream world, where, to her mind, everything in her life is lovely and perfect. On the evening this story takes place, she is having a dinner party, and...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 4:39 pm UTC

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In Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss," Bertha Young is portrayed as a contented, happy homemaker. She is secure in her life with her husband, her child, a lovely home, and preparing for a perfect...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2009 11:40 am UTC

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The main female character who is represented in this story is Bertha Young. Katherine Mansfield, using the third-person limited point of view, tells the story from her perspective, and thus we are...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2011 2:38 am UTC

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Mansfield leaves some things ambiguous, so the story can be interpreted in different ways. But here is one analysis of the symbols. Bertha decorates the table and the fruit on the tray to look as...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2015 5:37 pm UTC

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In Katherine Mansfield's impressionistic story, "Bliss," the third-person limited point of view creates a certain ambiguity leaving the readers' own imaginations to piece together the implications...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2014 9:47 am UTC

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Allegory is a way of reading a piece of literature. Some allegory makes it strikingly clear that it is allegory by giving characters titles instead of names, such as "Red Cross Knight" and...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 3:06 am UTC

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The narratives of both "Bliss" and Mrs. Dalloway cover a day in the life of the heroine and both center on the day's major event, that being a dinner party hosted by the heroine. In "Bliss," Bertha...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 3:10 am UTC

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