Essay on The Doll 's House By Katherine Mansfield

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Childhood is supposed to shape a child’s life into something fantastic, but this isn’t always the case. In “The Doll’s House,” the Kelvey sisters, Lil and Else and the Burnell sisters, Isabel, Lottie, and Kezia are juxtaposed to show their conflicting positions in the social rankings. The Burnells, due to their higher rank, brag to the schoolgirls about the beautiful doll house they had received as a gift. While in their boastful conversation, they leave out the Kelveys, a low class pair of sisters. Although forbidden to make contact with them, Kezia invites the sisters to view the magnificent doll house, thus breaking down the social barrier between them. Katherine Mansfield’s “The Doll’s House” portrays a vivid symbolic approach to the lamp in addition to the character development of Kezia to explore the deeper issue of a social hierarchy. Mansfield utilizes symbolism and personification to convey a more significant and deeper purpose of the lamp inside the house, even though from the looks of it, the doll house seems to be a normal child’s toy. The lamp is a symbol of equal treatment of all human beings. While viewing the doll house for the first time, Kezia finds delight in the lamp. The narrator says, “But the lamp was perfect. It seemed to smile to Kezia, to say, ‘I live here.’ The lamp was real” (Mansfield 2). Mansfield personifies the lamp by it 'seeming to smile ' at Kezia and enchanting her to feel the realness of the object. This enchantment can be seen in…

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