An Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' The ' Bliss ' Essay

1005 Words Mar 24th, 2016 5 Pages
In the short story “Bliss” by Katherine Mansfield, Mansfield writes about a thirty-year-old woman name Bertha Young, who stubbornly clings on the feeling of bliss. Even though the story is told in third person, most of the narration can be assume to be in Bertha Young’s perspective. The story starts off with Bertha suddenly overwhelmed with the feeling of bliss when she realizes that she lives a privileged life. As the story progresses though, the narrator exposes how different sources of Bertha’s bliss are not what she has depicted them to be. Bertha’s feeling of bliss is ironic, because as the story progresses, it becomes more apparent that Bertha’s feeling of bliss is a mask for everything that her life lacks.
Bertha’s problems are rooted from her distinguishing immaturity, as emphasized by her last name, “Young.” Bertha mirrors her baby—Little B. Because of her puerile behavior, Bertha fails to form any type of meaningful connections with whom she surrounds herself with. Despite the fact that Bertha instantly feels the emotion of bliss when she feeds Little B, Bertha does not prove that she truly cares for her child; Instead she is on “fond of” and “like” her baby (Mansfield 3). Bertha does not seem to be involved in Little B’s life, but gets feels jealous because the nurse interacts with Little B more than her. When the nurse informs Bertha about what Little B and her did that afternoon, Bertha was reluctant to express her concerns. Bertha’s repetition of words, such…

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