What are the two social class descriptions in "The Doll's House"?

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The two social class descriptions that are present in Katherine Mansfield's short story "The Doll's House" are the upper class, which is represented by the Burnell sisters, and the very poor, lower class represented by the Kelvey girls.

With each social class comes a set of standards, rules, and expectations to be followed by its members. It is all, in part, due to social identity theory, which may help to explain the want and need of some individuals to be identified with specific power groups that distinguish them from other, less fortunate ones.

As such, the social class that the Burnells belong to is defined by specific behaviors towards each other, and then toward others of a different group. The expensive doll house, for example, is a very luxurious and expensive choice for a “thank you” gift. However, tokens of appreciation of that nature were the norm among the things that well-to-do people would do for one another.

As far as the treatment of others, the upper class kids of the...

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