Summary Of ' Laura 's ' The Red Hat ' Essay

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Laura’s mother ultimately changes her daughter’s mind about canceling the party when she gives Laura the hat she herself was planning on wearing to the fête. Laura is at first resistant to this gift, as she is well aware that it’s her mother’s attempt at pacifying her, but changes her mind once she sees her reflection. Despite the fact that Laura considered the shattered family “nearly neighbors,” (2587) she believes throwing a party right above a home in mourning is in poor taste. She leaves her mother’s room, still wearing the hat, when “There, quite by chance, the first thing she [sees is] this charming girl in the mirror; in her black hat trimmed with golden daisies, and a long black velvet ribbon. Never [had Laura] imagined she could look like that.” (2588) Upon seeing herself in the mirror, Laura softens to the idea that “nobody expects” their upper class family to pay any mind to the goings on of the lower classes, despite their geographical proximity. Laura’s a child, she knows she looks lovely, and after she sees herself in her new present, it’s easy for her to go along with her mother’s more progressed and more engrained form of classism. “Is mother right? she thought. And now she hoped her mother was right.” (2588) In his 1965 essay, “An Eden for Insiders: Katherine Mansfield 's New Zealand,” Don W. Kleine wryly comments that adapting to classism and prejudice is easy for Laura, given her familial and socioeconomic background. He says that “Laura… is cheated of…

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