A Garden Party By Katherine Mansfield Essay

987 Words Oct 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Katherine Mansfield wrote “A Garden Party” in 1922, during a time when class distinctions were commonplace. Those who were born rich stayed rich, and those who were poor were condemned to remain so for the rest of their lives. “A Garden Party” focuses on this sin of class distinction to try to raise awareness for the unfeeling, inhumane way of viewing other people who had the bad luck to be born in a poorer family. In “A Garden Party”, Mansfield emphasizes the difference between the rich and the poor by focusing on a rich girl who through her interactions with the lower class, changes the way she views the world.
“The Garden Party” uses stark contrast in symbolism to establish the difference between the wealthy and the destitute. The first instance of this symbolism, though subtle, is mentioned very close to the beginning: “until the grass and the dark flat rosettes where the daisy plants had been seemed to shine. As for the roses, you could not help feeling they understood that roses are the only flowers that impress people at garden-parties…” The fragment that says “where the daisy plants had been” significantly differs from the way the roses are talked about. Daisies are a common wildflower, while the roses are considered refined. The common daisies in the first paragraph are symbolizing the poor, and how they are not wanted near to the refined rich. In addition, the way Laura tried to act like her mother when meeting the workmen in the lawn is described as severe and…

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