Essay Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield 's ' The Garden Party '

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Name: The Garden Party

Text Type: Short story

Author: Katherine Mansfield

The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield is a coming of age story, exploring a moment of realisation and the issue of societal classes.

The opening description of the Sheridan residence is like a dream. Everything is delightful, extravagant, a perfect family organising a magnificent garden party. It suggests a wealthy and happy family, highlighted by imagery, ‘haze of light gold.’ Nothing is wrong, but it seems superficial and shallow. ‘As for the roses... Hundreds, yes literally hundreds, had come out on a single night.’ There is a limitless amount of expensive flowers, a band and dainty sandwiches. This oh-so-happy mood is a very sharp contrast to the ending moments.

One of the central themes becomes obvious when Laura, the main character, is appointed with the task of seeing over the worker men who were hired by the Sheridan 's. She attempts to be calm and she decides to act like her mother in an attempt to be confident and adult-like. She however struggles with this attempt and feels foolish with what she does. This incident makes me think about growing up and trying to behave like an adult. She still has a childish nature, but would like to be like her mother and older sisters. ‘"Good morning," she said, copying her mother 's voice. But that sounded so fearfully affected that she was ashamed, and stammered like a little girl, "Oh - er - have you come - is it about the marquee?"’ This…

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