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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield use symbols and imagery to depict Miss Meadows's changing mood, contrasting the approaching dreary cold of winter with the colorful excitement of autumn and flowery warmth of...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2020 2:10 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

The plot of the story hinges on a nameless and hungry young woman who asks the very wealthy Rosemary for the price of a cup of tea. Rosemary finds this extraordinary and thinks it will be an...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 4:26 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

“The Singing Lesson” by Katherine Mansfield is a commentary on how social pressure can affect the perception and confidence of women. Miss Meadows, the main character of the story, is a 30-year-old...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 3:00 am UTC

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One of the most important themes of the story is that of despair. Indeed, we're introduced to the theme right from the very first line: With despair—cold, sharp despair—buried deep in her heart...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018 11:39 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

In "A Cup of Tea," Rosemary walks into a shop and sees a beautiful and expensive little box that costs twenty eight guineas. She asks the proprietor to keep it for her, and it seems evident that...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2018 12:24 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Basil comes across as quite a cruel, unfeeling man. The callous way he breaks off his engagement to Miss Meadows only to renew it later on as if nothing had happened is something that most of us...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 6:14 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

“A Cup of Tea” can be seen as a withering satire of the selfishness and materialism of the affluent upper classes. The protagonist of the story, Rosemary Fell, is a lady of leisure who likes...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2020 1:40 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Initially, Rosemary plans to take on Miss Smith as a project; she is going to listen to her problems and help her, because Rosemary has suddenly embraced the idea of "noblesse oblige" and...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2018 12:08 pm UTC

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The theme of Katherine Mansfield's "An Ideal Family" is that of the problems of growing old. Mr. Neave sits in his chair at his office and reflects that his son Harold does not take his position...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 8:08 pm UTC

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This, like so many of Katherine Mansfield's short stories, is based around class-consciousness and the completely different worlds that people of different classes live in. The central conflict is...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010 7:53 pm UTC

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Despite that she is very wealthy and has everything material she could want in life, including a fine husband, Rosemary is discontented for reasons she doesn't understand. She comes out of an...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019 3:57 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield makes it clear that female jealousy in "A Cup of Tea" comes from personal insecurity rather than simply desiring what others have. Rosemary is an intelligent, rich, and lovely...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield, like her friend Virginia Woolf, was trying in the years during and after World War I to write in a new way, a way that would use language to reveal truths the Edwardians...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 6:17 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

A major theme in Mansfield’s work is that of the young (usually female) protagonist learning about the world, becoming aware of the complexities and the darker side of life and human nature. This...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2014 2:53 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

In "A Cup of Tea," the wealthy Mrs. Fell is approached by a poor young woman named Miss Smith, who asks for enough money to buy a cup of tea. Mrs. Fell is delighted with her. Feeling as if she is...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 12:11 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

The direct method of characterization is used by the narrator to describe a character with explicit detail. This means that the character's physical characteristics will be clearly explained...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2013 6:53 pm UTC

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Stream-of-consciousness is a literary technique quite commonly used by modernist writers such as Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. It gives us a unique, privileged insight into...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2020 9:01 am UTC

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"A Married Man's Story" by Katherine Mansfield is an unfinished story whose confessional narrative is a series of revelations that also are unfinished; nevertheless, they build upon one another to...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015 7:23 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

I must admit that one of the qualities I really appreciate about the short fiction of Katherine Mansfield is the way that her stories often linger on in our minds and can haunt us. Out of the many...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010 7:27 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Mansfield uses a form of third-person limited narration that gets us inside of Miss Meadows's head. At the same time, the third-person perspective keeps a distance between the reader and Miss...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 9:07 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

The question refers to Mansfield’s story “An Ideal Family.” Mr. Neave’s dream life articulates his fears and anxieties about how life has passed him by, his loneliness in the midst of his family,...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2018 1:40 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Ian French of the short story "Feuille d'Album" by Katherine Mansfield appears at first to be what the title indicates: a person on a page of an album (feuille=page) since he is static in his...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2009 5:38 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Insecurity is an important theme in the story. Reggie is very apprehensive at the prospect of asking Anne's parents for her hand in marriage. Reggie is full of self-questioning and reproach; he...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 1:11 pm UTC

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The issues focused on in the short fiction of Katherine Mansfield seem to try to explore and depict the various challenges facing women in her context. In particular, the position of women in a...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2011 1:24 am UTC

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Miss Meadows is in agony as her day begins, feeling torn apart because she has received a letter from the man she hoped to marry telling her he thinks it is a "mistake" to go forward with their...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2021 11:45 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

It's important to understand that Modernist literature was a reaction to Victorian literature, where there were strict rules of conduct and social expectations, a sense of order, and usually a...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015 1:05 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield was privileged and sent by her parents from New Zealand to London to be educated. She studied music and writing. After returning to New Zealand, her rebelliousness and...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2011 2:33 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield closely ties setting to theme in “The Garden Party” as she highlights the sharp contrast between the upper and lower classes. Mansfield describes the elaborate party plans for...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 11:23 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

I think that it is a little of both. Loneliness works both ways. Sometimes our feelings of inadequacies lead us to isolate ourselves, when the people in our lives do not see them the same way,...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 3:03 am UTC

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Very interesting question. Well, of course to a certain extent every author's work is dependent to a large extent on their life. Katherine Mansfield was born in New Zealand, but throughout her...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2010 7:47 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

In the story "Her First Ball" the young girl starts out nervous about the ball, a metaphor for life. When gets caught up in the magic, and then disillusioned when the older man paints a sad future...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 2:55 am UTC

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[ While Enotes educators do not compose essays, we are glad to assist with ideas as to the composition of comparison/contrast. ] Certainly, Katherine Mansfield's short story named after a Chopin...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2014 3:45 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield presents us with the demise (end) of love in these two short stories. In "Bliss," Bertha Young is ecstatically happy with her life as a young married mother; however, we sense...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 4:04 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

This is a beautiful story! I short, it is about a young woman who has never been to a ball before. She goes with her cousin. She is at first enchanted by all the beautiful people. The men come...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 2:52 am UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

Interestingly, both of these stories feature female protagonists who are variously trapped in positions of poverty, dependence and oppression of various types. Note how in "The Little Governess"...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2010 6:31 pm UTC

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Katherine Mansfield

If we look at a range of Mansfield's excellent short stories we can see that two families are used again and again in her fiction. In "The Garden Party" for example, the Sheridan family, with their...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

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One theme may be that social class is real. The plot involves a man and a women who used to be lovers who meet again. Then man expresses a feeling that social class does not mean anything, and...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 3:07 am UTC

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