Katherine Mansfield's Her First Ball Essay

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Katherine Mansfield's Her First Ball Writing From A Woman’s World Everything is so magical, exactly the way it is in fairyland. Leila, Katherine Mansfield’s main character in the short story, “Her First Ball”, is absolutely breath-taken at every sight and sound at the ball. Everything around her is so strikingly new and enthralling. It is Leila’s first ball, and her first exposition to society. Mansfield describes the young girl’s emotions and excitement in a way that incarcerates her readers in the quaint fantasy world of Leila, and within the damsel’s spinning cyclone of different feelings and emotions. Mansfield illustrates a rich, colorful fairy-tale-like picture as the setting of Leila’s world. We can obviously sense how…show more content…
There, the ladies were fixing their looks by seeing to their hair, tucking handkerchiefs into their clothes, and smoothing their gloves. Also, fashion terminologies suggesting the female world are used, such as “invisible hairpins” and “powder” (p.41). Traditions and focus on age concerning young ladies is revealed when it is hinted that a girl would be exposed to society at the age of eighteen (usually in order to fetch herself a husband). The female voice in “Her First Ball” is mostly depicted in the tone of the story---the tone of a mature lady. It is in the form of a mature lady’s talking about her memories of her attendance to her first ball(and that is a very evident suggestion of feminine experience). This is one characteristic of female writers’ works, which cannot be found in a male author’s writings. Mansfield, speaking in the story from the experience of a mature lady, could be criticizing feminine youth at the same time she is reminiscing it throughout the story. Although the eyes of Leila see beautiful things, there is still a sense of superficiality to her views that is criticized in the story. The criticism is brought by the ugly middle-aged man who frustrates Leila. Leila, like many of the young girls her age, is floating in a world of dreams, not looking out into the real world, not realizing the harshness of life. However, the man has lived through a lot, and although he might have
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