Katherine Mansfield 's The Garden Party And The Doll 's House Essay

1954 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
Hypothesis: Katherine Mansfield strongly emphasised prejudice and class distinction within her writing (The Garden Party and The Doll’s House) which was influenced from her upbringing and childhood

Katherine Mansfield was a 1900’s modernist writer of short fiction who was born and raised in a socially prominent family in Wellington, New Zealand. Much of her work was strongly themed around issues such as classism, a woman 's place in society, sexuality, adulthood and also grief. The central theme in Katherine Mansfield’s stories The Doll’s House and The Garden Party centres around the issue of cruelty of class distinctions. After reading and studying Katherine Mansfield’s late short stories, The Garden Party and The Doll’s House, I have concluded that Mansfield strongly emphasised prejudice and class distinction within her writing which was influenced from her upbringing and childhood. While analysing different critics opinions on Mansfield’s overarching theme in both The Doll’s house and The Garden Party to convey the issue of class distinctions and preconceived prejudice, I found many supportive pieces of evidence and discovered that both critics I studied shared similar ideas in relation to my initial hypothesis. The two main critics that I studied were that of Rebecca Richardson (2005) and Jayne Marek. These critics showed insight into the influence of her writing and her views on distinctions and prejudice in social classes. Rebecca Richardson shared the idea that…
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