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Her First Ball

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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Her First Ball

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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Her First Ball

This is a tough question. On one hand, I think that Mansfield denies or prevents Leila's feelings through not raising questions or objections to how women are perceived socially. She is bothered...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2012 10:39 am UTC

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Her First Ball

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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Her First Ball

Now this is actually a very interesting question, because you might think you have enough proof in the text to question whether Leila does actually suffer a loss of innocence. Note the way in...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011 7:07 pm UTC

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Her First Ball

You will want to focus on the conversation that Leila has with the old man who dances with her and suddenly bursts her bubble of illusion. Note the picture of old age that is painted by Leila's...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011 7:02 pm UTC

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Her First Ball

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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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

On one level, the old, fat man who speaks of what the future might hold for Leila could serve as a symbolic representation of her own fears. This can be seen in her reaction to what the man says:...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2013 12:47 pm UTC

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Her First Ball

The original question had to be edited. I would suggest that Lelia is different from the other girls at the ball with the hesitation displayed in the excerpt. The reticence featured in "as if I...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 11:40 am UTC

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Her First Ball

Given how Mansfield believed in the idea of "risk, risk everything," she would hope that Lelia would not define herself in the context of the evening's ball. I think that Mansfield would want...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 10:38 am UTC

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Her First Ball

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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