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The Doll House by Katherine Mansfield

The Doll's House by Katherine Mansfield

Tatiana Castro

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Summary: The Doll's House The Burnell children receive a doll’s house from Mrs Hay, who had come to stay with them. The children were so excited about the doll’s house, and they decide to show it off to their school friends. With the arrival of the doll's house, the Burnell children get so excited and greatly attracted to it. While the two older children admire the red carpet, the red chairs, and the gold frames of this richly decorated house, Kezia, the youngest of the girls, takes an interest in the rather simple lamp.In school, during playtime, Isabel, the eldest of the Burnell children, was surrounded. The girls of her class nearly fought to be her special friend. All the girls, giggling together, pressed up close to have a look at the doll’s house, which was the center of attention of all eyes now. The only two who stayed outside the ring were the little Kelveys. Many of the children, including the Burnells, were not allowed to speak to them. The Kelveys were shunned by everybody. When Kezia asks her mother, "Can't I ask the Kelveys just once?" To which, the response is, "Certainly not, Kezia!”. Even though Kezia was not allowed to bring the Kelveys to see the doll's house; one day the Kelveys were walking toward their house Kezia took advantage of the moment that nobody has there to hear them and asked them to see the doll's house. The Kelveys did not agree at first but then they went on to see the doll's house. Later Aunt Beryl hears them and screams at the Kelveys to leave and then Aunt Beryl proceeds to scold Kezia. Later we see that the Kelveys, as well as Kezia, saw the little lamp.

The fact that even the teacher had a special voice for them, and a special smile for the other children speaks to the discreet (or rather distinct) ways in which class consciousness is performed even by teachers themselves, in maintaining the social hierarchy (a ranking system ordered according to status or authority). Author: Katherine Mansfield Story Map Setting: New Zealand (the Burnell's house and the town's school) in the late 1800's Point of View: Third person omniscient: this is a third person that can tell the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Characters: Isabel Burnell, Lottie Burnell, Kezia Burnell, Aunt Beryl, Lil Kelvey, Else Kelvey, Mrs. Hay, Lena Logan, Jessie Hay, Miss Lecky, Emmie Cole Mrs. Hay sends the Burnell Family sisters a doll's house. The Burnell sisters become very excited by the doll's house and they decide to tell everybody in school and invite some to see the doll's house. Later the Burnells start inviting and telling everyone in school about the doll's house. Due to the bad image the Kelveys have the Burnells don't invite them. Lena Logan went over to the Kelveys to ask Lil Kelvey if she wants to be a servant when she grows up and Lil Kelvey gives Lena a silly smile. Cause Effect Cause Effect Cause Effect Because of this Lena gets mad so she confronts the Kelevys about their father being in jail. Cause Effect Kezia finally invites the Kelveys to see the doll's house. Before the Kelveys could appreciate and see in detail the house Aunt Beryl, the Burnell's aunt, kick the Kelveys out. Conflict: The social struggle between the Kelveys and the society which is highlighted by the doll's house owned by the prestigious Burnell family. Resolution: Kezia invites the Kelveys to see the doll's house but before they could appreciate the doll's house Aunt Beryl arrives and kicks the Kelveys out. After this the Kelveys leave laughing and we can see later on that Lil Kelevey, as well as Kezia, saw the little lamp. Theme: The discrimination and relationship between the different social classes. Story Plot (Freytag's Pyramid) Exposition:
-Late 1800's in New Zealand, which then was a colony of Great Britain.
- The Burnell's House
- The town's school
The author presents the following characters: the three Burnell sisters (Kezia, Isabel and Lottie), the two Kelvey sisters (our Else and Lil), Aunt Beryl, Lena Logan, Emmie Cole, Jessie May and Mrs. Hays.
by: Tatiana Castro #2015-012, Carolina Otero #2015-056, María Gabriela Pérez #2015-058, Génesis Morales #2015-050, Karla Rodríguez #2015-069 and Victoria Sánchez #2015-079.
Prof. Rosemary Morales Rising Action:
-Mrs. Hay sends the Burnell Family sisters a doll's house.The Burnell sisters become very excited by the doll's house and they decide to tell everybody in school and invite some to see the doll's house.
-Later the Burnells start inviting and telling everyone in school about the doll's house.Due to the bad image the Kelveys have the Burnells don't invite them.
-Kezia finally invites the Kelveys too see the doll's house.Before the Kelveys could appreciate and see in detail the house Aunt Beryl, the Burnell's aunt, kick the Kelveys out.
-Lena Logan went over to the Kelveys to ask Lil Kelvey if she wants to be a servant when she grows up and Lil Kelvey gives Lena a silly smile.Because of this Lena gets mad so she confronts the Kelevys about their father being in jail. Climax: Kezia invites the Kelveys to see the doll house but before they could appreciate the doll house Aunt Beryl arrives and kick the Keleveys out. Falling Action:
- Aunt Beryl scolds Kezia for inviting the Kelveys to see the doll house.
- The Kelveys run away. Denouement: Lil Kelveys smiles when she realizes that saw the lamp (the satisfaction of knowing that they weren't so different at all). Character Analysis Name of the character Physical traits Isabel Burnell Character's speech
and thoughts - "I'm to tell because I'm eldest. And you two can join in after. But I'm to tell first." pag. 346
- "And I'm to choose who's to come see it first." pag. 346 Character's Actions
and Behavior - ... Isabel painted out the beauties ... pag. 346
- She chose two people to see the doll's house (Emmie and Lena). pag. 348 What others say or
think about the character -The girls of her class nearly fought to put their arms around her, to walk away with her, to beam flatteringly, to her special friend. pag. 346 Direct statement by
the writer - Isabel was bossy, but she always right... pag. 346 Name of the character Physical traits Character's speech and
thoughts Lottie Burnell - She knew she had to respect her eldest sister. pag. 346 Character's Action and Behavior - "They only had time to whip off their hats and fall into line before the roll was called." pag. 346 What others say or think
about the character - People respected her very much because she was a Burnell. pag. 347 Direct statement by the writer - "Lottie and Kezia knew too well the power that went with being the eldest." pag. 346 Name of the character Physical Traits Character's speech and thoughts Aunt Beryl - the smell of paint was quite enough to make any one seriously ill. pag. 344
- "How dare you ask the little Kelveys into the courtyard?" pag. 351
- "You know as well as I do, you're not allowed to talk to them. Run away, children run away at once. And don't come back again" pag. 351
- "Wicked, disobedient little girl!" pag. 352 Character Actions and
Behavior - And she stepped into the yard and shooed them out as if they were chickens. pag. 351
-"Off you go immediately!" she called, cold and proud pag. 351
-"Wicked disobedient little girl!" said Aunt Beryl pag. 351 What others say or think
about the character Direct statement by the
writer - "How dare you ask the little Kelveys into the courtyard?" said her cold, furious voice. pag. 351
- "Off you go immediately!" she called cold and proud. pag. 351
- "But now that she had frightened those little rats of Kelvey's and given Kezia a good scolding, her heart felt lighter." pag. 352 Name of the character Lil Kelvey Physical Traits Stout, plain, big freckles pg. 348
Shameful, smile pag. 348
Little "guy" (odd-looking person) pag. 348 Character's speech and thought Character's Actions and
Behavior - The Kelveys never failed to understand each other. pag. 348
- ... Lil marching in front and our Else holding on behind. pag. 348 What others say or think about the character - Lena asks Lil Kelvey if it's true that she's going to be a servant when she grows up. pag. 349
- Kezia's mother prohibited the Kelvey's to come to her home. pag. 349 Direct statement by the writer - ... the Kelveys were shunned by everybody. pag. 348
- They were the daughters of a spry, hand-working little washerwoman... pag. 348 Name of the character Our Else Physical traits Tiny, cropped hair, enormous solemn eyes pag. 348 Character's speech
and thoughts - "... she scarcely ever spoke." pag. 348 she doesn't speak Character's Actions
and Behavior - "She went through life holding on to Lil... where Lil went our Else followed." pag. 348
- "... she smiled her rare smile." pag. 352 What others say or think
about the character - They think she's inferior. pag. 347
- They walked past the Kelveys with their heads in the air..." pag. 347 Direct statement by the
writer - She never failed to understand her sister Lil. pag. 348
- " Nobody had ever seen her smile...." pag. 348 Name of the character Kezia Burnell Physical Traits Character's speech and
thoughts - To her, the lamp was real.
- "The lamp is the best of all."
- "You've forgotten the lamp, Isabel." pag. 348 Character's Actions and
Behavior - They brushed through the thick buttercups at the road edge and said nothing. pag. 346
- She didn't protest to Isabel's requests. pag. 346
- She invited the Kelevys to see the doll's house. pag. 351 What others say or think about
the character Direct statement by the writer -But what Kezia liked more than anything, what she liked brightly, was the lamp. pag. 346 Questions: 1.Describe the doll’s house that the Burnells receive.

The doll’s house that the Burnells receive was big and it smelled like paint. It was painted a dark, oily, spinach green, picked out with bright yellow. It had two solid chimneys, painted red and white, glued on the rooftop and the door was painted with a gleaming yellow varnish. It had four real windows, which were divided into panes by a broad streak of green. It had a tiny porch which was painted yellow with big lumps of congealed paint hanging along the edge. It smelled strongly of paint, but it was a perfect house. It had a hook at the side. Inside it featured a drawing room, a kitchen and two bedrooms. It was marvelous. All the rooms were papered. There where pictures on the walls, painted on the paper, with gold frames complete. Red carpet covered all the floors except the kitchen; red plush chairs in the drawing room, green in the dining room; tables, beds with real bedclothes, a cradle, a stove, a dresser with tiny plates and one big jug. It had an exquisite amber little lamp with a white glove that stood in the middle of the dining room table. Inside where a father and mother doll with two children dolls, but they were too big for the house. 2.Under what conditions are the girl’s friends allowed to see the doll’s house?

The girl’s friends were allowed to see the house only if they were invited. They came in pairs and could only stand quietly in the courtyard while Isabel pointed out the beauties. They couldn’t stay for tea or go trespassing through the house.

3.Why are the Burnells not allowed to speak to the Kelveys?

The Burnells are not allowed to speak to the Kelveys because the Kelveys are very poor and it wouldn’t look good if the Burnells who are from the high class where caught talking to some girls from low class.

4.Why does Else smile at the end of the story?

Else smiles at the end of the story because, even though Kezia is from a different social class, social classes don't define how human beings interact. She could still reach the sympathy from people of Higher classes and she could still enjoy the view of the lamp. 5.What are the similarities and differences between Isabel Burnell and Lil Kelvey? Use a Venn diagram to explore your answer. - She is from a rich family.
-She treats badly her 3 sisters
- She is proud.
- She is really bossy.
- Thinks she is better than her other sister because she is older -She is is very poor.
- She loves her sister and cares for her.
-She dresses with rags.
-She is does not have her father.
- She only has one sister.
- She is very sweet and always smiles. -Both girls are in the same grade
-Both are in the same school Isabel Burnell Lil Kelvey 6. A person, a place, or an object that represents something beyond itself is a symbol. Two objects that might be considered symbols in the story are the doll’s house and the little lamp. What values do these objects symbolize?

The doll's house is the epicenter through which the main theme of the story is presented. Since the dollhouse was the object that provoked all the commotion. In a way it criticizes the "what you have is who you are" philosophy because of it's unfairness. Also it comes to demonstrate how we often have a materialistic attitude towards life and how we don't truly appreciate the important thing when it comes to interacting with others.The lamp being a particular item that brought meaning to the story because due to the historic background these lamps where manufactured by hardworking laborers but where purchased only by the wealthy so this lamps represents the division between classes even though its beauty is appreciated no matter what social class you belong to. 7.Think about the story’s theme, or main message. What does the story reveal about popularity? Use evidence to support your conclusion.

The story reveals that popularity isn’t always the best thing and doesn’t always bring happiness. We could see that Isabel was popular but that she didn’t really have any real friends, therefore is she ever is in need of anything she can’t count on anyone.

8.Writing “the Doll’s House”, Mansfield painted a picture of traditional New Zealand society. Despite the different location and time period, how are the characters, events, and ideas presented in the story relevant to your own experiences? Review the chart you completed as you read. Support your answer with information from the chart and the story.

I think this story is related to our time in a lot of aspects. For example there’s still margins because of social status. Also there’s still bullying in schools. There are still people who don’t share what they have while others starve. Also, there’s still siblings that want to be better than the others. Vocabulary: - delirium: an acutely disturbed state of mind characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoherence of thought and speech, occurring in fever and other disorders and in intoxication.
- ominous: giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen.
-premonition: a strong feeling that something is about to happen.
-reconciliation: the action of reconciling : the state of being reconciled
- savagery: an act of cruelty or violence
- sentiment: an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by feeling Vocabulary Practice:
Decide if each statement is true or false. 1. Individuals who commit acts of savagery are cruel or violent.
2. An ominous cloud is one that pleases or delights.
3. If you are experiencing delirium, your thoughts are clear.
4. A premonition is a recollection of the past.
5. Personal letters are often filled with sentiment.
6. People settle their differences in reconciliation. Vocabulary: 1. consequent: the conclusion of a conditional sentence
2. crucial: important or essential as resolving a crisis
3. initial: of or relating to the beginning
4. shift: to exchange for or replace by another
5. survive: to remain alive or in existence : live on Using at least two Academic Vocabulary words, write a paragraph describing what it would be like to survive another type of natural disaster. Here is an example of an opening:

Sample Opening: If you're going to survive an avalanche, quick and clear thinking is crucial. Academic Vocabulary in writing Vocabulary Strategy: The Latin root sen The vocabulary word sentiment stems from the Latin root sen , which means "to feel." To understand the meaning of the words with sen , use context clues as well as your knowledge of the root. sen sen timent sen sation sen sory sen sual sen sitive Practice Write the word from the word web that best completes each sentence. Use context clues to help you, or, if necessary, consult a dictionary. 1. I choose reason over ________ when making an important decision.

2. He is very _______ to what others say about him.

3. A feather on your skin is a ticklish ________.

4. She enjoys the _________ delight of a gourmet meal.

5. A three dimensional movie is a unique _________ experience. The End References: - Merriam Webster: http://www.merriam-webster.com

- Word Reference: http://wordreference.com

- Katherine Mansfield: http://www.katherinemansfield.net/life/briefbio1.html

- Blogspot: http://rufusonline.blogspot.com/2011/10/dolls-house-katherine-mansfield.html

- Google Images: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi

- Literature Grade 10 by Holt McDougal

- Poem Hunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/katherine-mansfield/biography/ Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp Murry was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield left for Great Britain in 1908 where she encountered Modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf with whom she became close friends. Her stories often focus on moments of disruption and frequently open rather abruptly. Among her most well-known stories are "The Garden Party", "The Daughters of the Late Colonel" and "The Fly." During the First World War Mansfield contracted extrapulmonary tuberculosis, which rendered any return or visit to New Zealand impossible and led to her death at the age of 34.

Mansfield was born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp, in 1888, into a socially prominent family in Wellington, New Zealand. The daughter of a banker and born to a middle-class colonial family. Mansfield had two older sisters and a younger brother, born in 1894. Her father, Harold Beauchamp, went on to become the chairman of the Bank of New Zealand and was also knighted. The Mansfield family moved to Karori in 1893, where Mansfield would spend the happiest years of her childhood; she later used her memories of this time as an inspiration for the Prelude story. Continuation of the Author Her first published stories appeared in the High School Reporter and the Wellington Girls' High School magazine in 1898 and 1899. She became enamored with a cellist, Arnold Trowell (Mansfield herself was an accomplished cellist, having received lessons from Trowell's father), in 1902, although the feelings were largely unreciprocated. Mansfield wrote, in her journals, of feeling alienated to some extent in New Zealand, and, in general terms, of how she became disillusioned due to the repression of the Mori people—who were often portrayed in a sympathetic or positive light in her later stories, such as How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped.

She moved to London in 1903, where she attended Queen's College, along with her two sisters. Mansfield recommenced playing the cello, an occupation that she believed, during her time at Queen's, she would take up professionally, but she also began contributing to the school newspaper, with such a dedication to it that she eventually became editor during this period. She was particularly interested in the works of the French Symbolists and Oscar Wilde, and she was appreciated amongst peers for her vivacious and charismatic approach to life and work. She met fellow writer Ida Baker, a South African, at the college, and the pair became lifelong friends. Mansfield did not become involved in much political activity when she lived in London. Continuation of the Author Mansfield first began journeying into continental Europe from 1903–1906, mainly to Belgium and Germany. After finishing her schooling in England, Mansfield returned to her New Zealand home in 1906, only then beginning to write short stories. She had several works published in the Native Companion (Australia), which was her first paid writing work, and by this time she had her mind set on becoming a professional writer. It was also the first occasion on which she used the pseudonym 'K. Mansfield'. In later years, she would express both admiration and disdain for New Zealand in her journals, and she was never able to visit there again, partly due to her tuberculosis.

Mansfield spent her last years seeking increasingly unorthodox cures for her tuberculosis. In February 1922, she consulted the Russian physician Ivan Manoukhin. His "revolutionary" treatment, which consisted of bombarding her spleen with X-rays, caused Mansfield to develop heat flashes and numbness in her legs.

The Dictionary of National Biography reports that she now came to feel that her attitude to life had been unduly rebellious, and she sought, during the days that remained to her, to renew and compose her spiritual life. In October 1922, Mansfield moved to Georges Gurdjieff's Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau, France, where she was under the care of Olgivanna Lazovitch (later, Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright). Mansfield suffered a fatal pulmonary hemorrhage in January 1923, after running up a flight of stairs to show Murry how well she was. She died on January 9 and was buried in a cemetery in the Fontainebleau District in the town of Avon.

Mansfield proved to be a prolific writer in the final years of her life, and much of her prose and poetry remained unpublished at her death. Murry took on the task of editing and publishing her works.

His efforts resulted in two additional volumes of short stories in 1923 (The Dove's Nest) and in 1924 (Something Childish), the publication of her Poems, The Aloe, as well as a collection of critical writings (Novels and Novelists) and a number of editions of Mansfield's previously unpublished letters and journals The Doll's House "I seen the little lamp." pag. 352 T F F F T T To be able to survive an earthquake it is crucial to stay calm. If you start to get nervous you'll forget the basic rules to survive an earthquake. If you want to survive an earthquake you have to follow these rules. First, as soon as you see that the earth is shaking you hide behind something solid and be sure to hide somewhere that is not surrounded by things that can fall and land on you. The second and last rule is to always stay calm. Usually earthquakes don't last that long so just stay calm and when it is done check your house and family to see if everything is okay. I hope this helped you and remember always be careful. sensation sensation
sensitive sensitive “Your ma told our ma you wasn't to speak to us” pag. 351 sensual sentiment sensory
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