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The Garden Party - Katherine Mansfield (Seminar)

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THE GARDEN - PARTY
Thesis
Setting
Katherine Mansfield
- Society = Outline Hierarchy

- Wealthy = Blind (Equality)

- Inequality

- Discrimination

- Higher stature = Lack Empathy (Value)
Literary Devices
- Mansfield: use setting

- imbalance of power

- social hierarchy
Certain Weather
- Detail
“They could not have had a more perfect day for the garden party if they ordered it” (Mansfield 975).
- Perfect day = Nothing Wrong

- Peaceful & Perfect

- High class = Live (Perfect World)
Characters
What is your opinion if everyone was born in the same social class of wealth? Would you rather have a large division of hierarchy?
Setting

- House Condition
“All the doors in the house seemed to be open”
(Mansfield 978).
Demonstrate: Sheridan's lives

- Sheridan's view: low class
“A broad road ran between…They were the greatest possible eyesore”
(Mansfield 981)
Broad Road
- Difference: low class & high class
Laura

Reflect = Mother's Decision
“The first thing she saw was this charming girl in the mirror, in her black hat trimmed with gold daisies and a long black velvet ribbon”
(Mansfield 983)
- Mirror: Status In World

- Wealthy & Carefree

- Death: Working Man

- Left overs (Party)

- Laura = Sees Body
“There lay a young man, fast asleep-sleeping so soundly…What did parties and baskets and lace frocks matter to him? He was far from all those things”
(Mansfield 986)
- Body = Tranquil State (Peaceful)

- Realization: Same Way (Death)
Laura Sheridan (Protagonist)

Mrs. Sheridan (Antagonist)

Scott
Laura Sheridan
- undergoes conflict

- sadness = cancel
“The first thing she saw was this charming girl in the mirror, in her black hat trimmed with gold daisies, …. Never had she imagined she could look like that. Is mother right? She thought. And now she hoped her mother was right"
(Mansfield 983).
- Laura: Cares (Lower Class)
+ Pity

- Visits Scott: Equal

- Dynamic
Mrs. Sheridan
- Represents High Class

- Respect (Low Class)

- Hypocritical (Left Overs)
“'Let’s make up a basket. Let’s send that poor creature some of this perfectly good food. At any rate, it will be the greatest treat for the children'”
(Mansfield 984)
- Looks Down
=
Low Class

- Round Character

Scott
“There lay a young man, fast asleep – sleeping so soundly, so deeply, that he was far, far away from both. Oh, so remote, so peaceful. […] What did garden parties and baskets and lace frocks matter to him? He was wonderful, beautiful”
(Mansfield 986).

- Killed accidentally
=
happy, peaceful

- Laura: question happiness
- Happy/Unhappy Life
=
Class

- Happy/Unhappy Life
=
Attitude
/
- Situational Irony

- Visual Imagery

- Symbolism
Situational Irony

Meg & Laura

"This Life is Weary"
Christie, Ernest, Joey, Dennis
“'This Life is Weary, a tear-a sigh. A Love that chan-ges…This Life is Wee-ary, Hope comes to Die, A Dream-awa-kening'”
(Mansfield 979).
Ironic


- Sheridan's
=
Very Wealthy

- Show ignorance
Visual Imagery


- Household & Social Class (Sheridan's)

- Residence
“The greatest possible eye sore”
(Mansfield 981).

“Little mean dwellings”
(Mansfield 981).
- Look Down

- Fail to Recognize
Symbolism

Road
(Division)

“Far too near”
(Mansfield 981)
- Represents Divide

- Ignorance
&
Discrimination
Point of View
3rd Person Omniscient
Same Social Standings
=
Same Mind
/
“The very smoke coming out of their chimneys was poverty stricken”
(Mansfield 981).
Recognizes Worth &
Discrimination
Syntax
Wealth = Ignorance
= Lack of empathy
Long Sentence





Sheridan's = Luxurious
“'I have never seen such exquisite sandwiches,' said Jose's rapturous voice. 'How many kinds did you say there were, cook? Fifteen?' 'Fifteen, Miss Jose.' 'Well, cook, I congratulate you' ”
(Mansfield 981).
Incomplete Sentence

“'Isn't life', she stammered, 'Isn't life-' But what life was she couldn't explain”
(Mansfield 985).
Short Sentence


“'Jose!' she said, horrified, 'however are we going to stop everything?' 'Stop everything, Laura!' cried Jose in astonishment. 'What do you mean?'”
(Mansfield 981)
Plot
Misdistribution of Power
Exposition
- Planning

- Wealth
(Mowed & Clean)
“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. The gardener had been up since dawn, mowing the lawns and sweeping them, until the grass and the dark flat rosettes where the daisy plants had been seemed to shine”
(Mansfield 975).
- Perfect Setting

- Gardner
=
For Guests
Inciting Force
- Sheridan's enjoying breakfast

- Laura = Help

- Get Along Better
“It's all the fault, she decided, as the tall fellow drew something on the back of an envelope, something that was to be looped up or left to hang, of these absurd class distinctions. Well, for her part, she didn't feel them”
(Mansfield 977).
- Realizes different standards

- Equal

- Susceptible to Limitations
Rising Action

Jose & Meg


Piano
"But at the word 'Good-bye,' and although the piano sounded more desperate than ever, her face broke into a brilliant, dreadfully unsympathetic smile. […] 'This Life is Wee-ary, Hope comes to Die. A Dream - a Wa-kening' (Mansfield 979).
- Excitement

- Foreshadowing
Crisis
"'Know those little cottages just below here, miss?' Know them? Of course, she knew them. 'Well, there's a young chap living there, name of Scott, a carter. His horse shied at a traction-engine, corner of Hawke Street this morning, and he was thrown out on the back of his head. Killed'"
(Mansfield 981).
- Tragedy

- Alerted

- Laura: Cancel Party

- Jose
Climax
"You are being very absurd, Laura," she said coldly. "People like that don't expect sacrifices from us. And it's not very sympathetic to spoil everybody's enjoyment as you're doing now"
(Mansfield 982).





- Demands to Cancel (Sympathetic)

- Jose = Annoyed (Drunk Man)

- Goes to Mother

Laura & Jose
=
Stopped
- Denies

- 'People like that'
=
Believes Division
Falling Action

- Enjoy

- Party Leftovers (Laura)

- Greeted
There lay a young man, fast asleep - sleeping so soundly, so deeply, that he was far, far away from them both. Oh, so remote, so peaceful. He was dreaming. Never wake him up again. His head was sunk in the pillow, his eyes were closed; they were blind under the closed eyelids. He was given up to his dream
(Mansfield 986).
- Lara sees body

- Family alike

Denouement

- Realizes tragic

- Hat (Scott)

- Laurie = Discuss
" ‘No,’ sobbed Laura. ‘It was simply marvelous. 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 ”
(Mansfield 986 – 987).
- No Reason = Class Distinctions

- Peaceful Life

- Class Distinction & Inequality

- Laurie: Unfair life
Conclusion:



- Clear Misdistribution of Power
- Higher class = Respect (Lower Class)
- Maltreatment
- Cold & Uncaring
- Emphasize
- Value

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