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The Garden Party: And Other Stories

Hats symbolize the gulf between the Sheridans, the affluent middle class family giving the garden party, and the working class people they hire and who live in poverty nearby them. Hats represent...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2017, 3:14 am (UTC)

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Death is the great leveler. Whoever we are, wherever we live, however much money we have or don’t have, we will one day leave this earth behind. In death, there are no class distinctions, no...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020, 10:41 am (UTC)

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The Garden Party: And Other Stories

In “The Garden Party,” Mansfield uses imagery to say something about the characters and their place within society. For instance, the pretty flowers that adorn Laura's hat immediately mark her out...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021, 6:51 am (UTC)

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In “The Garden Party,” Mansfield presents us with a stark illustration of the enormous gap between rich and poor in early twentieth-century Britain. Although Laura and her family may live only a...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Laura is romantic, impulsive, shallow, self-centered, and easily caught up in the emotions of the moment to the point of deluding herself. For example, in the course of few minutes, Laura moves...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2021, 11:01 am (UTC)

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This scene is a point of climax in the story -- it is the point where Laura can't go back to her sweet innocence, and yet she is not scarred or cynical as a result of her moments with the dead man....

Latest answer posted September 17, 2010, 3:07 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story there is a clear contrast between the speech of the characters from the upper class Sheridan family on the one hand, and the speech of the lower class workmen on the...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2021, 10:27 am (UTC)

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One type of conflict in the story is external. The morning of the garden party, a working-class man named Scott who lives nearby with his wife and five children is killed in an accident. Laura, the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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This part of the story comes when Laura takes a basketful of food to the Scott family as a token of sympathy for the death of Mr. Scott, who died in an accident that morning. As she goes in to see...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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He was given up to his dream. What did garden-parties and baskets and lace frocks matter to him? He was far from all those things. He was wonderful, beautiful. While they were laughing and while...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2010, 10:20 am (UTC)

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This becomes one of the fundamental issues in Mansfield's short story. Laura is unable to explain what she considers life to be. To a great extent, this makes sense. Laura has had a moment where...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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The way Laura grows in "The Garden Party" is by experiencing the first paradigm shifts of her life. Rather than changing the way that she sees life by going through a ceremonial "coming of age"...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2015, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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This is a great question! It seems to me that the song that Jose sings actually foreshadows the events that occur later in the story, in particular the death of Mr. Scott and the confrontation that...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010, 7:59 pm (UTC)

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Laura starts the story having a positive interaction with workmen setting up her family's garden party. This convinces her that there are no class differences and that the classes can all get along...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020, 5:54 pm (UTC)

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The story illustrates the sharp power differential between the English social classes. The Sheridans live in a fine house, have servants, and can afford to spend money on beautiful clothes, hats,...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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The Garden Party: And Other Stories

As with many works of modernist literature, "The Garden Party" has a fairly straightforward plot. And yet, beneath the simple surface, there is a lot more going on. This itself is one of the key...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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One point of contrast between Laura and her family members in "The Garden Party" lies in her level of care and philosophical insight. Laura is different than her family members because she cares...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2016, 1:33 pm (UTC)

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In "The Garden Party," the short story by Katherine Mansfield, the are presented with a stunning contrast: the wealthy, carefree family to which the main character, Laura, belongs, and the...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011, 11:01 pm (UTC)

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A narrative climax can be an action-packed dramatic event, a quietly decisive event, a heightened emotional event, or a subtle psychological event. In addition, in short stories, the climax is...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2010, 5:41 am (UTC)

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Laura Sheridan wants to cancel the garden party her family is giving that day when she hears about the death of the workman who lived nearby. Her mother talks her out of it by offering her a...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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Laura decides that social-class distinctions are ridiculous when she is told to go outside and direct the workmen setting up for the garden party. She takes a decidedly romantic or rose-colored...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018, 4:58 pm (UTC)

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The house was alive with soft, quick steps and running voices. In this first example of a metaphor, the house is described as "alive." This is a specific type of metaphor called personification....

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019, 11:39 am (UTC)

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Epiphany comes at the end of "The Garden Party." Laura begins the story lacking insight and understanding. She happily greets the workers who have arrived at her home to help her family set up for...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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The third-person-limited point of view immediately establishes the irony because of the distance between information and subject matter.The narrator withholds information in favor of limiting what...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2007, 7:45 pm (UTC)

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Laura's first reaction when she hears about the death of Mr. Scott is that the party must be cancelled. She is so shocked by the news, and shown to be rather innocent and naive, and thus she feels...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2010, 6:58 pm (UTC)

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The setting of "The Garden Party" begins at Laura's home and shifts to the neighborhood and home of the dead man's widow. When the story opens in medias res (or res in medias), Laura is making...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2010, 3:41 am (UTC)

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One of the many potential themes that you could comment on in response to this question is that of class. Essentially, this is a story of a young woman who is made to realise the importance of...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2012, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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I believe that many students cause themselves problems and even writer's block by trying to come up with a thesis statement before they have written their paper. A thesis statement comes first in a...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2015, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Katherine Mansfield packs several issues worthy of contemplation into her short story "The Garden Party." The relationship between social classes, peer pressure and social status, standing for...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2016, 9:11 pm (UTC)

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Money makes all the difference in "The Garden Party," because, as Mansfield demonstrates, it is what separates the social classes. It gives the middle and upper classes a great deal of power, and...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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The meaning of this story is very closely intertwined with Mansfield's reasons for writing it. In this story she seems to explore the issue of class and how class consciousness is conveyed and...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013, 6:01 am (UTC)

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Analysing symbolism takes a little work and a little digging. First, the definition of a symbolic word, object, statement or concept is that it is one that stands for itself (e.g., a rose is a...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2010, 10:57 am (UTC)

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I would strongly suggest that you begin by taking a look at the themes section of the enotes study guide to this brilliant short story. I have included the link below. This will help you identify...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2011, 6:11 pm (UTC)

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I think that Moore's quote can connect to Laura on several levels. Consider that Laura represents "the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers." Laura is one of the few members of the Sheridan...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2012, 2:21 am (UTC)

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"The Garden Party" by Katherine Mansfield is a short story in which class distinction plays a large role. Laura is part of a rich, aristocratic family. When we meet them, all but Laura are...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010, 2:28 pm (UTC)

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No, the Sheridans should not have called off the garden party at the very last minute because someone they barely knew died. When Jose, Laura's older sister, says that Laura is being sentimental,...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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While we can certainly be sure that Laura loves all her family members--we do love our families regardless of their faults and actions--it is obvious that she is closer to her brother, Laurie, than...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2008, 4:36 am (UTC)

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This broken thought from Mrs. Sheridan is kept deliberately ambiguous by Katherine Mansfield. Most of the story is told from Laura's point of view; however, the reader gets occasional glimpses of...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2017, 7:00 am (UTC)

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Katherine Mansfield's coming-of-age story "The Garden Party" focuses on the social and psychological discoveries of a young, well-to-do woman who vicariously experiences through certain events the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2012, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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About Mansfield's ending to her short story, critic Warren Walker remarks, "[It]leaves readers with a feeling of dissatisfaction, a vague sense that the story somehow does not realize its...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012, 6:16 am (UTC)

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Laura is presented very differently from her older and more experienced sister Jose. At the start of the story, Laura considers class distinctions to be "asburd" and says that they do not matter to...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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"The Garden Party" and "The Doll's House" both deal with issues of class. They differ, however, in that in "The Garden Party," class is examined from the point of view of the impact it has on an...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2021, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2015, 8:51 am (UTC)

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A representative of Kate Mansfield's style, "The Garden" party is a story where self-realization, social differentiation, coming of age, and life discoveries are thematic key elements. Set in the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012, 5:19 pm (UTC)

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Check the link below for help with your answer. You may also want to visit the study guide to this story with regard to characters.Good Luck!

Latest answer posted May 30, 2008, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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Laura's interest in the workingmen is triggered by the workman pinching off a sprig of lavender and smelling its fragrance. This simple gesture seemed to form a connection to her love of the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2008, 7:46 am (UTC)

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As an avowed modernist, Mansfield provides the reader with an insight into the subjective opinions and emotions of her characters. She does this through the deployment of a third-person limited...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019, 10:18 am (UTC)

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Katherine Mansfield's "The Garden Party" was published in 1922, but the story's Sheridan estate is based on Mansfield's childhood home in New Zealand. Given that she moved to London in 1903, the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019, 5:19 pm (UTC)

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The Garden Party: And Other Stories

In Katherine Mansfield’s story “The Garden Party,” Laura Sheridan is a young girl who is excited about the lavish party that her parents are hosting, of which her mother is in charge. She is...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2021, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the tale, we are left with a sense of the inadequacy of words to describe a transcendent experience. Laura has just experienced a radically different world from her own world of...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2010, 11:22 pm (UTC)

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