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    The Theme of Death in The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield explores profoundly the world of death and its impact on a person in her short story, "The Garden Party." Enter the Sheridans, a wealthy, high-class family who live in England. They are your everyday rich snobs who think themselves better than the common person. There is, however, one person who is quite unlike her family, and that is Laura Sheridan. Laura started off in a bubble, and has lived in it all her life. She has been protected

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    Laura’s Struggle for Growth in The Garden Party Through her short story "The Garden Party," Katherine Mansfield portrays a young woman’s struggle through adolescence and her tumultuous entrance into adulthood. Mansfield paints a tale of grievance, bewilderment, enlightenment, and maturation furthered by the complications of class distinctions. Mansfield’s protagonist, Laura, encounters considerable hardship in growing up and must denounce all of the puerile convictions in her chimerical world

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    Wordsworth, elevating the process of emerging, changing and evolving over those already developed, established and matured. While Wordsworth’s remark regards a rose, the statement also accurately describes Katherine Mansfield’s protagonist in The Garden Party. The narrative focuses on a wealthy family from New Zealand, jaded by elite lifestyle and prominent social standing. The youngest daughter, Laura, "the budding rose" of the story, seeks to break the constraints of upper class society, causing her

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    What Laura Didn't learn in The Garden Party

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    At the conclusion of The Garden Party, Laura is exposed to a side of life she has never encountered before, and comes to a sudden realization that "life and death may indeed coexist and that their common existence in one world may be beautiful" (Magalaner 101). Death is not necessarily associated with ugliness, she learns, but rather it is a natural process which she likens to sound, peaceful sleep. However, her ostensible epiphany is really only astonishment. Laura’s world revolves around the finer

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    rvine’s concepts on desires as hedonic (the result of our feelings) and non-hedonic (the result of our willpower) are explored in “Paradise Lost” & “The Garden Party” through their characters and readers. The argument that literary texts are “machines of desire” suggests they produce this in different ways. For instance, Adam’s hedonic desires of Eve leads to acts not associated in Eden and the Fall of Man “connubial love refused” (4.741-3). Whereas, Laura’s hedonic desires and sexual awakening [“looked

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    Do not judge a book by it’s cover, such a common saying which is a perfect way to think of the short story The Garden Party, by Katherine Mansfield. The first thought to come to mind when seeing that title would be a cheerful gathering or maybe a romance, but this story was about none of those. Yes, it talks about a garden party but it has a deeper meaning about challenging society, how the upper class sees the poor and this is all shown through a young teenager who is starting to understand the

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    crucial role in both “Araby” and “The garden party”. Both authors used epiphany to show the difference between the world that main characters live and the another world that they have never been exposed to. Contrast and symbolism are the main features that are being used to derive an epiphany in both stories. “Araby” is in a perspective of an unnamed boy residing on a house that a priest had died. Colours and visual imageries

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    The Garden Party 1920s

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    The Garden Party Nothing can match the strength of those whose lives have been shaped and forged through challenging and overcoming hardships. Such people fear nothing. The end of the nineteenth century saw huge growth in the suffrage movement in England and the United States. The women's movement, with its emphasis on advocacy of equal rights, newly formed women's organizations, and the rise of a new generation of female artists, photographers, and professionals, transformed the patriarchal social

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    The Garden Party Analysis

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    Developing an understanding of both yourself and the world can often times be a difficult task, but through an exploration of Gray’s and Mansfield’s texts ‘The Meatworks’, and ‘Diptych’, ‘The Garden Party’, the audience is able to reach an understanding of such matters effectively. In particular, Gray is able to use his methodology to convey to an audience the ideas that are presented in the aforementioned poems such that the they are able to undergo a transformative experience through the investigation

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    The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield is a short story about a wealthy family having, as the title would suggest, a garden party. More specifically the story follows the inner turmoil of the youngest daughter, Laura. She receives a shock when a neighbor is killed and is forced to see her family’s true colors. Laura is perceived as childish because of her kind nature but is given a rude awakening that causes her to mature greatly at the end of the story. It appears that Laura has led a very sheltered

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    “A Rose for Emily”, it is Emily’s inherited social class and family name that gives her a higher social status. Alternatively, in Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”, it is both Laura’s family and wealth that allow her to remain in her high-class position. Social class is an important theme in both “A Rose for Emily” and “The Garden Party”, through both Emily and Laura it is evident that belonging to a higher social class provides them with an accustom to the finer things, and a greater level

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    Katherine Mansfield's Garden Party

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    Set in colonial New Zealand, "The Garden Party" falls into two clearly different parts. A lot of the story is about the preparations and the consequences of the garden party, it was organized by the daughters of the privileged Sheridan family. As dawn breaks, Laura goes into the Sheridan's exquisite garden to inspect the proposed site for the marquee. Her encounter with three workers hired to raise the tent is awkward and confused, as she finds herself torn between being a snob and her developing

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    In the introductions of James Joyce's Araby and Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party the main themes of the stories are immediately introduced, as in any effective short story. Through the detailed descriptions of the settings, the central themes of each story are presented. The relationships between the main characters and their respective families are introduced and provide background information which helps to further understand the themes of each story. The main themes of the stories are further

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    Class Examination: Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party” There are many things that separate people. Some divisions come from obvious characteristics, including age, race, and gender. However, others have less to do with appearance and more to do with history and status. Class divisions have been an issue throughout history and continue to isolate groups today. Although the class differences change throughout time, their presence has a defining influence on society as a whole. This idea

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    Katherine Mansfield states that “One must go everywhere, one must see everything” (The Garden Party 75). The aforementioned quote states that an individual must try to see the world differently in order to realize the difference between illusions and reality. In Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”, Mansfield develops a notion of how an individual discovers their true self, when exposed to the reality of life. The protagonist’s, Laura, who has been living in an illusionary world, demonstrates

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    In both Ann Beattie’s story “Janus” and in Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”, the protagonists demonstrate a strong aesthetic sense and show their great appreciation towards beauty. (…) Through an analysis of a key object in each story, of both characters interactions with others and the final scenes, I will argue that Laura’s sense makes her feel connected to her surroundings whilst Andrea’s causes her to alienate herself (class notes). Initially, Beattie employs the unanimated bowl as the

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    Reflecting on the Dead

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    Reflecting on the Dead In Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party” and in D.H. Lawrence’s “Odour of Chrysanthemums,” two women were in a situation where death was literally at their feet. In “The Garden Party,” Laura finds herself contemplating the dead body of Mr. Scott, a man of lower class who lived at the bottom of the hill from her house. In “Odour of Chrysanthemums,” Elizabeth finds herself contemplating the dead body of her husband, Walter. Although the relationships these women shared with

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    Katherine Mansfield

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    pen name "Lesley Moore" to Ida, after Beauchamp's brother Lesley (Sampson 308). In the spring of 1907, Miss Beauchamp held in garden party and invited many of her acquaintances from college. The party was a complete success until it was discovered that a cottager who lived on the property had been accidentally killed (Nathan 1). This event spawned to become "The Garden Party", Beauchamp's first major work (Encarta). In 1909, Kathleen Beauchamp became acquainted with a man by the name of G. C. Bowden

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    England Changed My Life

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    aspect was enough to make me realize that I was no longer at home. Throughout that first day, many stereotypes of the English that I had long believed were each erased from my mind. As it turns out, not everyone likes to drink tea, there isn't a garden party every evening, and the Queen most definitely does not ride around in a horse-drawn carriage with a magnificent entourage all day greeting the simple peasant folk. Luckily, I realized these things before I had an opportunity to make a fool of myself

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    after I read this story 'The Garden Party ' By Katherine Mansfield was that I was amazed by the varieties and luxuriousness of the garden party held by Mr. Sheridan 's family. Whereas by comparison, was shocked by the pool condition and misfortune their neighbors have. This huge social gap got me thinking that what is the message that author tried to deliver to. Interpretation The cloudless and warmness of summer day makes it "a perfect day for a garden-party" for Mr. Sheridan 's family. Mrs

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