Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' The Garden Party '

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Both L.P Hartley and Katherine Mansfield present the poor as suffering as a result of the happiness of the rich. Within both texts, ‘The Go-Between’ and ‘The Garden Party’, the poor are shown to suffer but they are presented in two different ways. L.P Hartley presents one of the main characters, who is a rich, middle class woman manipulating a poor boy who visits from boarding school through making him a messenger between her and her working class lover. Whereas, Mansfield presents the rich to ignore the poor suffering rather than as direct victims of the happiness of the rich.
In ‘The Garden Party’, Katherine Mansfield presents the rich to show unawareness of the poor within their neighbourhood in order to contain their happiness. The main character, Laura starts off within a middle class bubble that she has been isolated within all her life. Through her upbringing she has been protected which has resulted in her unawareness of the ‘real’ world. Between them all, the Sheridan family are organising a party, when it takes a turn for the worse. Laura is faced with death. Laura is the only one concerned at this point by the death of Mr. Scott, a local working class man. However, her sister, Jose is not touched by this tragedy. The quote “Stop the garden-party? My dear Laura, don 't be so absurd” clearly presents the selfishness within her sister’s voice, who is also part of the middle class ‘bubble’ that she is not prepared to break for the sake of anyone, especially not

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