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Her First Ball

What is a summary of "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield?  

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...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2017 1:24 am UTC

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What are some examples of language devices in "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield?

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...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 6:36 am UTC

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What is the main theme in "Her First Ball"? Discuss. Katerine Mansfield's "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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Identify the point of view of the story "Her First Ball." What is the literary technique used by the writer? 

"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...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 7:19 pm UTC

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What are Leila's feelings before the ball in the story "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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What is the role of the old man in "Her First Ball?"

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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Discuss the use of poetic devices in "Her First Ball." PLEASE and THANK YOU i need it ASAP

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...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2011 12:32 am UTC

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In "Her First Ball," by Katherine Mansfield, what do the first two paragraphs reveal about Leila's state of mind at...

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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Who are the characters in the short story, "Her First Ball?"

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:...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015 10:56 am UTC

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Explain and list some metaphors and personifications used in the story “Her First Ball" that create a mood and...

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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Examine what the old man said to Leila in "Her First Ball."

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...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 8:45 pm UTC

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Can you give an analysis of the story "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield? Summary, symbolism.

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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Describe the significance of Leila's feelings as she enters the ball.

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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What is the main theme and idea of "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield, and what is Mansfield trying to portray?

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...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 10:51 pm UTC

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What comment on society does Mansfield make, and which aspect is she criticizing in "Her First Ball"?

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...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2015 9:06 pm UTC

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What is an element of the narrative style of Katherine Mansfield in the short story "Her First Ball"?

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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What is "Sheridan girls" in Mansfield's "Her First Ball"?

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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How is the theme loss of innocence conveyed in the story"Her First Ball"? "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield.

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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In "Her First Ball," what ways does Mansfield create an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation?

Excitement and anticipation are conveyed through the way in which Leila is shown to be thinking of the ball and obsessed by it even in the opening paragraph. Note the way that she equates being in...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2011 5:58 pm UTC

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Do the females in "Her First Ball," "The Little Governess" and "The Garden Party," by Katherine Mansfield, have a...

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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What are words and phrases which convey Leila's feelings at the ball and afterwards in "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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How could Leila be characterized in "Her First Ball"?

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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What are some examples of discussion questions and summary questions that relate to the story "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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What is the main theme of Mansfield's "Her First Ball"?

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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Please help me understand the story "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield.

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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Discuss the theme of excitement vs. loss of innocence in Her First Ball "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield

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"...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2011 11:28 am UTC

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What is the significance of Leila's first ball in her life? Katerine Manfield's "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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In "Her First Ball," what is the fat man saying about losing innocence and what is Leila's reaction to this?

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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Compare and contrast "Her First Ball" with "My Greatest Ambition."

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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Is there an importance in setting in "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield, in "The Destructors" By Graham...

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...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 1:33 am UTC

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List some examples of where Leila's innocence is illustrated in "Her First Ball" with specific reference to text and...

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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What is a character sketch of the fat man in "Her First Ball"?

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,...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 6:03 pm UTC

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What are some themes in the short story "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield? Please support with citations

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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How does Mansfield present Leila's thoughts before and during the ball?

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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In "Her First Ball", how doesn't Mansfield depict Leila in the story?

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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What are the important human truths mentioned in her first ball? "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield's "Her First Ball" is the story of a young girl from the country in New Zealand who has her first introduction to "the beginning of everything." Enthralled as any young lady...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2010 1:49 am UTC

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Discuss and analyse some examples of language used in the story "Her First Ball," by Katherine Mansfield, to create a...

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...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2011 4:53 am UTC

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In "Her First Ball," in which ways does Mansfield portray Leilas thoughts ?

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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Compare and Contrast the theme of the loss of innocence in "Her First Ball" and "The Destructors." "The Destructors"...

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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How do you analyse the story "Her First Ball" with the theme of excitement focusing on Leila's character?

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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How can this statement be justified?" "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield is a critique on the female psyche...

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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How has the contrast between Leila's life in the countryside and at boarding school, and her experience at the ball...

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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Explain this part of the story from where it says "Look here darling" to "successfully than it has to-night" "Her...

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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Explore how Katherine Mansfield vividly describes Leila's reaction to the atmosphere of "Her First Ball", especially...

The first thing to consider is that Leila's character, although is sharing her first ball with kids of her own class, does not really belong to the group. She has never gone to a ball before, she...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 5:00 pm UTC

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Which genre of fiction is "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...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2016 1:44 am UTC

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What are some strong thematic lines in "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield?

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...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019 3:33 pm UTC

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How does the writer present youth memorably in "Her First Ball" by Katherine Mansfield?

There are specific subtopics within the theme of "youth", as the central theme of "Her First Ball" that are treated in a way that the reader can associate with the main character's emotions during...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2013 4:45 pm UTC

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What does Leila’s reaction tell you about her?

Leila is young. The reactions she featured to her first ball are consistent with those of young people and the sense of excitement that comes along with being youthful. She regales at the beauty,...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013 1:26 am UTC

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Write an essay plan for a 5 paragraph essay that asks to discuss the theme loss of innocence in the story "Her First...

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...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011 2:19 am UTC

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What do you think of the very end of the story "Her First Ball"?

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...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 1:07 am UTC

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