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The Garden-Party by Katherine Mansfield.

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Nikesh Kumar 8/26/02 Period 3 Study Guide Title: The Garden-Party Author: Katherine Mansfield Setting: The weather is ideal, could not have had a more perfect day for a garden-party if they had ordered it. Windless, warm, the sky without a cloud, only the blue was veiled with a haze of light gold, as it is sometimes in early summer. At the house of the Sheridans in the garden; begins in the morning and ends in the afternoon; the little cottages were in a lane to themselves at the very bottom of a steep rise that led up to the house (Sheridan), a broad road ran between, were the greatest possible eyesore, and had no right to be in that neighborhood at all, they were little mean dwellings painted a chocolate brown, in the garden patches there was nothing but cabbage stalks, sick hens, and tomato cans. Characters: Laura- main character of the story; when the tall fellow sniffed up the smell of the lavender, she comes to wonder why he cared for a thing like that and realized that not many men would have done such a thing; thought that workmen were extraordinarily nice and wondered why she couldn't have them as friends rather than silly boys she danced with and who came to Sunday night supper; figured it was all the fault of the absurd class distinctions; has a ...read more.


left a wife and five little ones Plot Overview: The day started off with ideal weather, could not have had a more perfect day for a garden party. It was windless, warm, the sky without a cloud. Only the blue was veiled with a haze of light gold, as it is sometimes in early summer. Breakfast was not yet over before the men had come to put up the marquee (a canopy or a tent without walls). Laura ended up going with the workers with a piece of bread and butter. The four men stood together on the garden path and they looked impressive. Laura tells the workers that she is going to have a small band in the corner of the tennis court against the karakas. The karakas has broad, gleaming leaves, and their clusters of yellow fruit, but were hidden by the marquee. The men shouldered their staves and were making for the place and only the tall fellow was left. He sniffed the smell of lavender and Laura is surprises that he does that. She likes how the men are friendly and nice and wonders why she can't have friends like that. Laura thinks it's the fault of the class distinctions. She goes to answer a phone from Kitty. ...read more.


No matter. He quite understood. "Isn't it darling?" said Laurie. Character Changes: The main character, as in almost every short story, changes during the course of the story. In the beginning, she is sort of snobby when talking bout whether or not a garden party should be help. She was very uptight about the whole situation. At the end of story, she becomes more of a nicer and enlightened type of character. Main conflicts: 1. Men vs. themselves 2. Man vs. man Point of view: 3rd person omniscient- this is the point of view portrayed in the story because the writer is not involved in the story, is telling us the readers everything that goes on, and also because she tells the message. Message: I think the message that the writer is explaining to us is that even though there may be social class distinctions, everybody is equal. What may seem low quality to some may seem high quality to others (the poor and poverty stricken). This is shown in the story when Laura's mom decides to make a basket full of leftovers and send it to Mrs. Scott who is living life in poverty. Laura's mom realizes that someone in need can use the food even though they are leftovers and did not want to be wasted. Everybody should be considered equal no matter what class they belong to whether it's the upper class like the Sheridan's, or the lower class like Mrs. Scott's household or those other cottages. ...read more.

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