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Her First Ball

In "Her First Ball" a girl named Leila, who has never attended a ball because she lives in the country, attends her first ball with her cousins. Leila is so excited about the event that everything...

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Her First Ball

Perhaps the main theme of Katherine Manfield's "Her First Ball" is the resilience of youth. For, while appearances vs. reality is one theme, and the temporality of absolute happiness is another,...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2011, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Katherine Mansfield's short story "Her First Ball" explores a number of themes, including the heightened sensitivity of youth, gender roles, and the fleeting, temporary nature of time. A key...

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Remember that an excellent student of English Literature will not only be able to identify language devices, but also comment upon them and what in particular they add to the text and the effect...

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"Her First Ball" is told from the perspective of a third person narrator; this is the point of view. The third person narrator describes the sights and sounds of the ball in detail and this...

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In this story of pictorial intensity, the story of a young country girl's introduction "to the beginning of everything," there are a few characters of consequence and others who briefly appear:...

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The question isn't so much "what is Sheridan girls" as it is "who are the Sheridan girls." They are first of all, the sisters with whom Leila is going to the ball. They are secondly, the sisters of...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011, 10:06 am (UTC)

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The old man brings a touch of negativity to Leila's first dancing experience. However, his words constitute important social commentary. First, female beauty (and by extension, youth) is greatly...

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The old man serves as a reminder that life is not perfect. Even in Leila's dreamy environment, there is a reality check when the old man claims that Leila will too grow old and find herself sitting...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011, 1:54 am (UTC)

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Her First Ball

A story of musicality and pictorial intensity, "Her First Ball" describes Leila's excitement at the idea of attending a ball where she will get to dance with young men rather than the other girls...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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Her First Ball

In Katherine Mansfield's "Her First Ball," the beginning of the short story tells us about Leila's state of mind, and the importance of this moment in her life. We find that Lelia is inexperienced....

Latest answer posted October 26, 2011, 6:41 am (UTC)

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When we look at poetic devices in the narrative of the story Her First Ball the most salient one is definitely imagery. Imagery is the license used by writers to appeal to all the five senses so...

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One useful way to connect both of these texts is through the principal theme of disillusionment and how it is explored in the case of both of the central characters depicted in these stories. For...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2012, 6:45 am (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Leila of Katherine Mansfield's "Her First Ball" is an naive young lady who comes from the outback to the city to attend her first ball. She "floated away like a flower that is tossed into a pool"...

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Leila is impressionable. She is as innocent as is a white lily. She is dancing at her first ball. The night is magical. The evening dancing leaves her breathless. Leila is naive. She is...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011, 7:25 am (UTC)

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For Leila, her entrance into the ball are significant because they represent a girl's first foray into the conditioned world of what it means to be a woman. Leila is possessed by a sense of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2012, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Leila, the main character of "Her First Ball" is indirectly described as a girl who lives in an area that is quite isolated from the excitement of the city. In fact she even says that her closest...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2013, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Many of Katherine Mansfield's narratives are characterized by what has been described as "pictorial intensity," evoking various states of happiness, longing, or despair. "Her First Ball" certainly...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2012, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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In "Her First Ball," Mansfield describes a bittersweet moment of innocence and maturation. Having grown up in the country, 15 miles from the closest neighbor, Leila's experience at the ball is more...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2012, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Her First Ball

An absolutely lyric piece of writing, "Her First Ball" is composed using the tempo of a waltz with its wording. In this story, Katherine Mansfield relates Leila's first experience of the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013, 9:11 pm (UTC)

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This is an interesting question to consider. Generally, Mansfield is famed for the way in which she depicts the powerless position of women in a patriarchal society, and so this would suggest that...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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The theme of "Her First Ball" is one related to the pangs of growing up, one might say it is the lighter side of a coming of age story. Leila attends her first ball, all nerves and dreams, and...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011, 9:30 am (UTC)

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Figurative language, such as metaphors which make implied unusual comparisons between unlike things and personification, which gives inanimate objects human-like characteristics, lends imaginative...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011, 12:37 am (UTC)

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In contrast to the imaginative delights of Leila on the night of her first formal ball as she "floats away like a flower that is tossed into a pool" is the sudden interruption of the old fat man,...

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Her First Ball

In Katherine Mansfield's poem entitled, "Her First Ball," the author uses the language of the story in several way. In particular, the words she chooses add a sense of excitement to the story. The...

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Mansfield presents Leila's thoughts as buzzing with anticipation and excitement both before and during the ball. Being able use a narrative voice that captures how Leila feels and appears to the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2013, 4:01 am (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Young, ingenuous Leila has arrived from the outback to the city where she is attending her first formal ball to which her friends, the Sheridan girls, have invited her. Aware of her lack of...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011, 7:12 am (UTC)

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The theme of this postmodernist tale, set sometime before 1921 though first published in 1921, is a classic coming of age theme. Mansfield describes a young woman's first encounter with the wider...

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Her First Ball

In Katherine Mansfield's story "Her First Ball", the theme of the loss of innocence is treated by using contrast in the description of the different instances that bring out the natural spark of...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012, 4:38 am (UTC)

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Her First Ball

When Leila attends her first ball, she revels in the excitement of even insignificant things such as the tissue paper that holds the gloves of her cousin Laurie. Her romanticized perception of the...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2011, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Mansfield reveals Leila's thoughts through narrator commentary, indirect speech, free indirect speech, and sensory and psychological reactions. She opens the narrative with narrator commentary in...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011, 7:07 am (UTC)

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The most pronounced element of Mansfield's style is the close proximity of the involved, subjective narrator. Narrators may be distanced or close in proximity, as they may be objective or...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011, 8:13 am (UTC)

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Leila is certainly not worldly as are some of the other girls or world-weary as is the fat man. As the title of Mansfield's story denotes, Leila is inexperienced and naive, having grown up in the...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2013, 7:08 am (UTC)

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At the end of “Her First Ball,” the protagonist, Leila, enjoys a wonderful dance with a curly-haired young man. Only a few minutes earlier, however, she had thought that her evening would be...

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One way in which Leila could be characterized is being overwhelmed with so much in the moment. Leila is overcome with the reality of what the moment presents. The ball, the pomp and celebrated...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2013, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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The thoughts of the old man as he dances with Leila are actually very well mapped out for the reader through what he says to her. He is clearly reminiscing about his youth and how quickly old age...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2013, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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The importance of the setting in the stories "The Destructors" and "Her First Ball", as well as in the play The Fly in the Ointment is that they provide the backdrop to a series of events that will...

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Beneath his point that time is a thief who robs young ladies of their naivete and youthful joie de vivre, the older fat man pronounces much more about himself than he does the concept of the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011, 2:12 am (UTC)

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Her First Ball

A short story about maturation and coming of age, Katherine Mansfield's "Her First Ball" uses as one of its primary themes the conceptualization of life as it is, and not as our circumstances, or...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Katherine Mansfield's "Her First Ball" is what is known as a coming-of-age story. This means that the main character will experience an event that will change his or her perspective for good. The...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2012, 1:45 pm (UTC)

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This is a very interesting question to consider, and I have provided you below with links to the enotes study guides on both of these excellent short stories. My initial response to this question...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011, 12:57 am (UTC)

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I would want to start by looking at the way that story begins before the ball actually starts, with Leila's trip to the ball in the cab with the Sheridan girls. What this does is that it allows the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012, 2:57 pm (UTC)

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Locked into the human soul there is always an envious part that encourages its being to drive a gratuitous nail of cruelty into those who have what others have already lost, an envy of the joie de...

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Her First Ball

“Her First Ball” by Katherine Mansfield is realistic fiction written in the form of a short story. Katherine Mansfield writes the story of a young lady who is attending her first ball. This...

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I think if I were responding to the question I would want to refer to how Leila feels isolated at the beginning of ball through her lack of experience and then feels isolated again and alienated...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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Written with the tempo of a waltz, Katherine Mansfield's "Her First Ball" relates the bittersweetness of growing up. Upon her arrival at the ball, the main character Leila is thrilled with the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2009, 8:44 am (UTC)

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The contrast between Leila's life before the ball and what is happening at the ball help to highlight the distance from where she was to where she is now. On one hand, the contrast helps to...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 10:49 am (UTC)

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Her First Ball

Katherine Mansflied's story of "pictorial intensity" presents an ingenue from the outback who attends her first ball. Mesmerized by the magic of the night, the innocent Leila perceives The road...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012, 12:57 am (UTC)

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Not only is it Leila's first ball, but as the exposition of "Her First Ball" illustrates, there is a novelty to everything surrounding this event because of her inexperience of urbane life. For...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2011, 9:12 am (UTC)

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Your essay plan needs to consider what about the theme of loss of innocence you want to write about. That will become your thesis statement. Next you will need to decide what details and quotes...

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