Living the Blissful Life in Katherine Mandsfield´s Bliss Essay

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Over the course of our lives, there are times where we are at a high point, where our lives are full of happiness and there is nothing for us to worry about. However, we often come to sit back and realize that our lives might not be exactly how we imagine it. There are problems and obstacles that we must choose to overcome. With the rate society is evolving at, we miss out on the little things like friends and family that makes our lives that much more special. Life can be filled with bliss no matter how bad things may seem and we can find true happiness from fixing these problems to make our lives blissful. Bertha Young, the protagonist of Katherine Mansfield's Bliss, is a woman in her thirties, but as her last name "Young" implies, she…show more content…
Pearls are produced in living shelled molluscs, however, one does not know if a clam contains the prize of a pearl, or nothing at all until it is opened. The idea is similar to the relationship Bertha has with Miss Fulton. Bertha does not know who Miss Fulton is as a person until nearing the end of the dinner party. This relationship the two characters have is illustrated on page 94: "The provoking this was that, though they had been about together and met a number of times and really talked, Bertha couldn't yet make her out. Up to a certain point Miss Fulton was rarely, wonderfully frank, but the certain point was there, and beyond that she would not go." The climax of this story unfolds when Bertha discovers that her husband Harry is having an affair with Miss Fulton. For many women in today's society, they would go up to the man and confront him for having an affair with another woman. Instead, Bertha chooses to do absolutely nothing and continue to ignore her problems to keep her life blissful. Her decision to do so is shown on page 103: "the pear tree was as lovely as ever and as full of flower and as still." Relating back to the pear tree, there are times when there are no pears on the tree and the fact that Harry decided to cheat in their relationship is not what Bertha should care about. Instead, it should be the time she has spend with Harry because in the spring, pears will begin to blossom

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