The Voyage By Katherine Mansfield Analysis

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This is a quotation taken from Katherine Mansfield’s short story ‘’The Voyage’’. The story is about a young girl called Fenella, after the death of her mother she went with her grandmother to move in her Grandparent’s house in Picton, which is inspired from Mansfield’s personal life when she had to move out from her home in Wellington, New Zealand to London, England. Mansfield uses imageries, metaphors, and the setting to convey the two main ideas of darkness and light and the transformation of Fenella from innocence to adulthood. This quotation sheds light on those ideas as well as Fenella’s feelings and the characterization of the grandmother.

Despite Fenella’s young age, she clearly understands the whole situation about her mother death
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This quotation illustrates only an example of her lack of knowledge and her weak language, when she describes the light of the boat as ‘’a little green star on a mast head’’. In addition, one of the most significant symbols of responsibility is ‘’grandma’s umbrella’’. In the beginning, it was challenging for Fenella ‘’carried clasped to her grandma’s umbrella’’ and the handle ‘’kept giving her shoulder a sharp little peck’’, then all the way through the story Fenella gradually turn into a more responsible person when grandma asked her about the umbrella ‘’Fenella showed it to her’’. Towards the end, Fenella finally completes the transition and becomes a responsible …show more content…
Mansfield highlighted that trough a numerous amount of images of darkness and light and stressed also on the transition of Fenella by the ‘’umbrella” symbol and many other comparisons. This quotation has all the main ideas, but mostly displays the love and affection between those family members despite the difficult circumstances as well as their bravery to accept the situation without showing lots of emotions. I think that Fenella represents Mansfield in the story, since she had a similar experience when she was forced to move out from her home in Wellington to live in London, she associates realist writing with personal and logical

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