• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Katherine Mansfield - The Garden Party The main theme of the text is the rich familys view on the people from the lower class, and their behavior towards them.

Extracts from this document...


Giulia Tonoletti 4.18.2012 Katherine Mansfield - The Garden Party The main theme of the text is the rich family's view on the people from the lower class, and their behavior towards them. Laura, and her family is arranging a garden-party for all their upper class friends, they are a rich family with a nice house, big garden and several servants. Laura is walking outside enjoying her bred-and-butter while helping the workmen to find a good place for the marquee. Laura is not aware of her position as an upper class girl; she is very open minded, and finds the workmen charming. On page 295, paragraph 21 she is wondering: "Why couldn't she have workmen for her friends rather than the silly boys she danced with and who came to Sunday night supper?" It's very obvious that she is tired of all these arranged meetings she is having with ordinary boring boys. She don't want to be a part of this setup, so a little later on page 295, paragraph 22 we see how: "Laura took a big bite of her bread-and-butter as she stared at the little drawing. ...read more.


We see this on page 299 where Laura says in paragraph 95: "But we can't possible have a garden-party with a man dead just outside the front gate." Once again she proves her non-class-distinguishing mind; being very upset because of the death of a lower class man. This event is to her mother and her sister insignificant; they have a patronizing relationship to the lower-class and really don't care about them, unless the accident were about to spoil the garden party. We see this on page 299, paragraph 103-106: "Mother, an man's been killed," began Laura "Not in the garden?" interrupted her mother. "No, no!" "Oh, what a fright you gave me!" It's unbelievable how the mother is more concerned about the party than the man's death. This whole situation is incomprehensible to Laura, but apparently she is the only one with this opinion. She also went to her brother for his advice, but on page 300, paragraph 121,122 we realize she's maybe the most hypocrite of the family since we see how she suddenly forgets everything about the accident in favor of her own beauty: My word, Laura! You do look stunning," said Laurie. "What an absolutely topping hat!" ...read more.


In this instance, her childish thoughts are gone. She is now aware of the gap between the poor and the rich, and the consequences of the life we live. Laurie has come to check up on Laura and she embraces him, crying. But she is not crying tears of fear, but in awe, feeling things that she is unable to express. On page 303, paragraph 178, 179 Laura is trying to explain Laurie how she feels: "No," sobbed Laura. "It was simply marvellous. But Laurie" She stopped, she looked at her brother. "Isn't life," she stammered, "isn't life" But what life was she couldn't explain. No matter. He quite understood. "Isn't it, darling?" said Laurie. But what is life, Beautiful? And is Laurie thinking the same thing? What we know is: Laura is not the same person anymore; she is in contrast to everybody in her family in her way of thinking, maybe except for her father. She has evolved her personality from being a little girl, not knowing anything about the class gaps and the things in life which matters, to a girl able to spot the differences in life to which what matters, and what don't. A progress that no one else in the story has been able to. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Social Class in Madame Bovary

    He had seen a bit of the world: he used to talk about Berlin, Vienna, Strasbourg, about his days as an officer, the mistresses he'd had, the big lunches he'd been at." (Pt II: Ch 3) In addition, Madame Bovary begins to learn Italian, further emphasising her obsession with high

  2. In the short story, The Stolen Party, the author demonstrates the interactions and prejudices ...

    But in reality, no one was equal but Rosaura was living a fantasy world were everything was perfect. After all she was just a "nine year old girl" and did not know any better. Despite the fact Rosaura did not listen to her mother's concern, her mother let Rosaura go because of the unconditional love she had for her daughter.

  1. The relationship between Julia and Winston encourages them to show their true feeling towards ...

    'we are not human.'... (Orwell, 126, Heinemann)". And that dehumanization is the thing that Winston hates the most. Moreover, he believes that if one can feel these humanly feelings it means that he has beaten it, the system. Winston and Julia feel things, some humanly things.

  2. Analysis of "The verger" by William Somerset Maugham. (Text of story in Vietnamese).

    “Làm cái quái gì mà cứ nhặng xá» ngậu cả lên!”, thầy quản Albert Edward tá»± nhủ. “Thôi Äược, cứ Äá» cho ông ta có thá»i gian, rá»i ông ta sẽ tá»± rút ra Äược những bài há»c kinh

  1. Annotations for Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

    Attrition- noun; A reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength (pg. 15) Dilapidated- adjective; Reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect (pg. 16) Swaybacked- adjective; Having the back sagged to an unusual degree (pg.

  2. Moods, colors and people of the deep blue sea are portrayed in The Sound ...

    ?Chiyoko and Yasuo got to their feet and,looking across the low wheelhouse,waited for the shape of an island that would soon appear in the ocean before them?.? ?As always Uta-jima rose from the level of the sea shaped like some amorphus,mysterious helmet.?(p.63)

  1. The Reasons for Heathcliffs Immoral Behavior

    However, it was not only his physical appearance that prevented him from becoming an integral part of the community around, but it was again the community itself, that prevented him from fully entering it due to the disgust by the fact that he was a bastard.

  2. How adopting a philosophical standpoint can alter one's interpretation of the text "The Outsider" ...

    Use in-text references; 2. Google is not a reference) Prior to World War II, it was traditionally believed [By whom? It?s a very particular tradition from which such a conviction arises] that human beings were rational creatures who lived in at least a partially intelligible universe, that were part of

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work