Who is a flat character and who is a round character in "The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield?
The Kelvey sisters are round, as the author provides a fair amount of background information about them. They are shunned by everyone in the class, and the narrator notes that even the teacher singles them out with a "special voice" and uses a "special smile" when they bring her "dreadfully common-looking flowers." Their mother washes other people's clothes, and everyone presumes their father is in jail. Their clothes are pieced together with little bits of items from boys's boots to dresses that resemble nightgowns. The sisters stick together in the face of so much exclusion. And the focus on them at the end shows how being chastised for accepting a friendly invitation has humiliated them.
Isabel Burnell is well-developed as the sister who seeks to exclude others the most—and simultaneously make herself the center of attention. She works the crowd of girls well, strategically placing details and invitations to ensure she captivates her audience. Kezia Burnell is also a round...
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