Who are the characters in Katherine Mansfield's "The Doll's House"?

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The characters in the short story "The Doll's House" are the following:

Lil Kelvey- the older of the two Kelvey sister. She is often seen in a protective role, as Else Kelvey always follows her around and sticks really close to her. Lil is known for the "silly smile" she gives even as she is directly insulted by her classmates. She is described in the story as 

“stout, plain child, with big freckles.”

Else Kelvey- the younger Kelvey sister usually walks closely to her sister as if seeking for her protection. It is Else who, ultimately, gets to see the doll house's lamp, which is so important to the story.

Kezia Burnell- Kezia is the youngest of the Burnell sisters, who are well-to-do, and receive the beautiful dollhouse as a gift. Kezia is also the one most fascinated with the miniature oil lamp of the doll's house. Additionally, it is Kezia who approaches the Kelveys and, in a never-before-seen move, asks them to come over and see the famous doll's house. 

Isabel Burnell is the eldest of the Burnell sisters- She is described as "bossy" and clearly was in control of the other two sisters as far as the doll house goes. Isabel always wants to be the first to talk about it. 

Lottie, the middle child of the Burnells, was more akin to her older sister, Isabel, in that they both "enjoyed visitors" and loved having them over to look at their doll's house. 

The adult characters include:

Mrs. Kelvey- a washerwoman, and the mother of the girls. 

Mr. Kelvey- not a character in the story except by mention; He is the father of the Kelvey girls, and presumed to be in jail. 

Mrs. Hay- a guest at the Burnell household, and the person who gifted the dollhouse to the girls. 

Aunt Beryl- the Burnell's aunt and the person who ran off the Kelveys upon seeing them in the home. 

Emmie Cole, Jessy May, Lena Logan- kids from school who bullied the Kelveys. 

Ms. Lecky- postmistress who handed down her hat to Mrs. Kelvey and now Lil wears it.

The teacher- She is mean and makes faces whenever Lil comes to bring her flowers that she picks on her way to school. 

Pat- a driver in the Burnell household and servant. 

Willie Brent- a potential love interest of Aunt Beryl.

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Katherine Mansfield's short story about the unfairness of social classicism, "The Doll's House", features as main characters two poor and socially disenfranchised little sisters, named Lil Kelvey and Else Kelvey. These girls are the daughters of Mrs. Kelvey, presumably a washer woman, and an unnamed father who is in prison.

As their foils, there are the secondary characters who are the owners of the dollhouse; three rich young ladies named Isabel, Lottie and Kezia Burnell. They, as well as the rest of the other children, would stay away from the Kelvey's, as they were considered to be bottom-feeders.

Other characters in the story that are mentioned include Mrs. Hay, who is the lady visitor who sends the doll house as a "thank you" gift to the Burnell sisters. There is "the carter" and "Pat", who carried the huge dollhouse inside, so we can assume that Pat was a servant.

Then we learn about Aunt Beryl, who is the haughty aunt of the three sisters, and who lives with the girls.

The rest are filler characters which interact with the main and secondary characters but some of them have a name. There is the girls' unnamed teacher who seems as classicist as the rest of the society of the school. There is also a Ms. Lecky, for instance, who is identified as the postmistress. Last, but not least, are the two chosen girls who were to be the firsts to see the dollhouse at the Burnell's house, Emmie Cole and Lena Logan. Lena is also the girl who laughs at Lil Kelvey asking her if she is going to be a servant when she grows up.

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Who are the protagonist and antagonist in "The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield?

In Katherine Mansfield's story "The Doll's House", the characters are divided into two groups: those who are innocent to social class and status, and those who are not. Since the prevalent theme in the story is precisely that of social mistreatment against those who are indigent, you would have to separate protagonists and antagonists using that formula. 

This being said, the protagonists are the Kelvey girls, Lil and Else. Lil, the elder sister, is described as a “stout, plain child, with big freckles". Her younger sister Else is insecure and follows Lil around, tugging at her. These girls are the daughters of a washerwoman who dresses them up in "hand-me-downs" that she gets from her patrons. There is no known father for the Kelveys...

But where was Mr. Kelvey? Nobody knew for certain. But everybody said he was in prison. So they were the daughters of a washerwoman and a gaolbird.

The reason why they are the protagonists is because they are the characters most affected, changed, or influenced by the central theme of the story. Out of the two sisters, the most changed is Else, who is the character that feels most transformed as she says the words:

I seen the lamp.

These words are important because they denote that there must have been an anxiety in this character to see the lamp and, after seeing it, something within her felt triumphant; likely, the fact that she had the right to see something unique, special, and which only those who have everything get a chance to witness. 

The antagonist of the story is Aunt Beryl, although she represents a much bigger theme, which is social injustice. Aunt Beryl, who is characterized as a bitter, classist, mean, and secretive woman, is the blocking agent that prevents the girls from coming close to the doll's house. She represents the society of the "haves", and how they oppress and blow the spirit off the "have nots", treating the Kelveys badly and characterizing them as nothing short of vermin.

Keep in mind that, when the story was published in 1922, Katherine modeled the characters of Lil and Else Kelvey after a real family whom she knew about: the family of the local washerwoman's daughters, Lil and Else McKelvey. This is further evidence that she focalized the central theme of the story through the eyes of the poor girls more so than the Brunell's. Katherine Mansfield, who was from an affluent family, modeled Kezia after herself. 

More on Katherine Mansfield in the links provided. 

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