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The Garden Party

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Transcript of The Garden Party

Emily Sullivan, Emily Soll, Jaire Jonas Historical Context The Garden Party was written in 1921 by Katherine Mansfield Connections This story takes place in the first decade of the 1900's in Wellington, New Zealand, which is where the author once lived. At this time, the world was between
World War I and World War II. This effects the content added into the story The author, Katherine Mansfield was also the
daughter of a well to do business man, much like
Laura. Katherine Mansfiled lived in Wellington, New Zealand as a child which is also where this story took place. Social Classes Different social classes did not interact with eachother in the early 1900's. Families did not understand how the other half lived "You won't bring a drunken workman back to life by being sentimental"(Mansfield 7). Lifestyle New Zealand was greatly affected by the war. Many families lost there jobs and suffered greatly because of the war. http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/db_images/objimage.jpg?irn=206385&width=460&height=295 http://www.paintinghere.com/Uploadpic/Carl%20Schweninger/big/The%20Garden%20Party.jpg Author's Purpose Measures Maslow's Rights of Passage Morality Text - World In the early 1920's the world was dealing with the aftermath from World War I like the lower class people were in this story Social classes were a problem, not only in New Zealand, but throughout the world Text - Self Many people of Laura's age can connect with her because it is the first time they are experiencing new situations and branching out. We do not always agree with our parents
like Laura does not agree with hers. Text - Text The topics in this story like death and
family connect to about half of all books. The topics and morals about love, family, and decisions
strongly relate to Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. BEHIND THE PARTY Scott (Stage 6) Laura (Stage 1 - Stage 6) Jose (Stage 4) - Laurie (Stage 6) Mrs. Sheridan (Stage 2) Their involvement in World War I brought New Zealand's economy down because of the money going towards the war. This took the greatest toll on citizens. Upper class The Sheridan family Lower class Families in the cottages At first Laura looks up to authority, her parents,
and obeyed them to aviod punishment.
Ex. When Laura's mother told her that they were not going to cancel the party because of the death of the man, Laura obeyed even though she did not agree. Laura put the mourning family before her own by the end of the story. Exciting the gates of her home represented Laura becoming her own person with her own set of ideals. Throughout the story Jose remains on this stage because she believes and sticks by the set of ideals that were taught to her in her childhood. She does not mess with the rules and beliefs set by her parents and will stick up for them no matter. The author, Katherine Mansfield, had a prime purpose for writing this short story. She lived through an experience similar to that of Laura, and lived a similar life. They were both BORN INTO a family of wealth, with parents who were mainly focused on making money and being impressive. Mansfield also had an experience like Laura did, when she rebelled against society (or social class) and left her known world for a new world. Mansfield London Laura Right outside her gates Laurie is perfectly content with where he is in life. He seems to have an understanding of whats going on in the outside world and his opinions are all his own. Unlike the rest of the Sheridan family, Laurie is his own person. Although we cannot infer what stage Scott is on because he is not alive, Laura gives her interpretation of how he feels when she visits him. Stating that he looked as if he was at peace, in a deep dreamy sleep, beautiful, and content it is easy to confirm that he is on Stage 6 because he is content with his death. Even though Mrs. Sheridan's actions and beliefs are rude and not appropriate, she is on the second stage. Mrs. Sheridan only listens to herself whether she is correct or not. In her eyes the morals that she has are fair and she will defend them to the grave. SYMBOLISM Lauras Journey: PICTURES LINKS: http://images.vrbo.com/vrbo/images/2cb8bd Luara's journey into a mature women. Hat: The act of putting the hat onto Laura symbolized Mrs. Sheridan
attempting to be all of her beliefs into Laura. Weather: mood of characters. Lauras Household: Cottages: Clear skies - Purity and Happiness The belonging stage includes not only recieveing love and appreciation, but also giving it. Sure, it wouldn't hurt for Laura to recieve a bit more compassion, but it is her desire to give and spread this compassion that places her on this stage of Maslow's Hierarchy. http://data.whicdn.com/images/9239966/tumblr_lk6wjkJDKb1qhsufdo1_500_thumb.jpg?1303939581 Gloomy and depressing Marquee and karakas trees: This stage, as described by this image, includes the need to feel safe and not feel in danger of violence or hunger. The family that lost a man the day of the garden party falls under this category, since it is nearly impossible to feel safe and secure in a community when a close family member was just killed in it, no matter if it was a freak accident or not. They are also brought food by Laura, showing that they are in need of a little more bread to put in their basket. Placing the marquee in front on the karakas trees represent the parents sheltering their children from the dangers of the outside world http://psp.88000.org/39__Pink_Calla_Lilies.htm Lilies: Purity and innocence of Laura The beauty of death -"it takes a tragedy to bring unity" Geography: http://www.cscwelding.com/images/gates1_large.jpg Sheltered life that the Sheridan children live in High above the cottages on a hill = high place in society Low place on a map = the hardships of the Wellington town http://indexofwallpapers.com/wallpapers/blithewood-mansion-wallpapers/blithewood-mansion-wallpaper-13543.jpg BUT... Summertime: This season brought youth and maturity to the story. It also represents Laura's situation and the problems she is facing. Robin Hood connects to the kindness of Laura Like one of the connections made in this presentation, Mansfield's actual homeland (Wellington, New Zealand), was where this story took place. Shakespeares Henry IV is also about the main character maturing into a great leader. Welcome! The Garden! http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nm2G8LbtJYQ/Tb6S3n6GHkI/AAAAAAAAAcU/H0yXw_Ebi5s/s1600/garden+party.jpg The growth of the Sheridan children. Also, the growth of Laura as an individual who once was so interested in the garden party until realizing that there was more important things. The garden can represents the sheltered life the Sheridan children have. The workerman named Matey: This shows the differences between Laura's point of view, which was revealed as a very limited one when she heard his name is Matey, and the author's. Katherine Mansfield tried to show the reader a comedic side. "This life is Weary" Foreshadows the death of the man Death: The one thing that is able to solve the seperation of the classes. The opposite of the garden party, but with the same purpose, to bring people together. Also goes along with the saying "It takes a tragedy to bring unity". THE END Laura is a perfect example of the rights of passage. She begins in her Cosmos(Known self) her quaint upperclass lifestyle. Her Call to Adventure(The Summons) is when she hears of the workers death. Her Departure(Loss of Innocence) is also when she heard of the workers death because it put her back into the reality of life.and took her from the externl world to the real world. Her Chaos(Trials and Ordeals) is when she visits the families house and spies the workers body. she realizes the beauty of life and death in that moment which is also her Epiphany(The Revelation). Lastly, herReturn/Cosmos(Known Self) is at the end when shes talking to Laurie and she is trying to ask if he thinks that life is beautiful. Seeing the dead man helped her realize the beauty of life creating new, less naive Laura. Womens rights movements DRAMATIC IRONY! Jose, Laura, and Mrs. Sheridan sing this song without knowing what it really means.
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