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The Doll's House
Transcript of The Doll's House
Moved to London when she was 19
Married George Bowden
Later married John Middleton Murry
Died at age 34 of tuberculosis The dominant theme in this story is the separation between the classes. The story was written in 1922. Class systems were very distinct then, with the arrival of the new wealthy class and the distinct separation between them. Theme Resolution:
Else declares that she "seen the little lamp." Falling Action:
The Kelveys leave the courtyard and reflect about their encounter with Aunt Beryl. Climax:
Aunt Beryl catches Kezia showing the Kelvey children her dollhouse, and tells them never to return to their home again. Rising Action:
Isabel insists upon telling all of their friends about the doll’s house, and we are introduced to the Kelvey children, Lil and Else. Introduction:
We are introduced to the main characters, the Burnells, and how they got their new dollhouse. Plot Symbols The major symbol in the story is the doll’s house itself. It represents the upper class, portrayed as perfect and flawless yet not without its issues, which are pointed out at the beginning of the story. The lamp, which stands out so much to Kezia, represents the bit of light and softness in the otherwise stiff and emotionless house. Characters Isabel and Lottie Burnell Aunt Beryl and Mrs. Burnell The
Kelveys Schoolyard Girls Narrative Point of View Setting Works Cited
Stace, Lynley. "The Doll's House by Katherine Mansfield." Lynley Stace. N.p., 4 Nov. 2009. Web. 15 Oct. 2012. <http://lynleystace.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/the-dolls-house-by-katherine-mansfield/>.
Jones, Kathleen. "KATHERINE MANSFIELD: A Brief Biography - Introduction." N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www.katherinemansfield.net/life/briefbio1.html>. 1) Why do you think Else and Lil are so attached to one another?
2) Based on the young characters we see in the book, does it look like this rigid class system is going to continue into the next generation? Why or why not?
3) What do you think is the tone of the story?
4) If you could choose one character as the antagonist of the story, who would it be and why?
5) Would you consider this story to be 'timeless'? In other words, can we relate to it today and why? Discussion Questions Kezia Burnell The story, The Doll's House, is set in New Zealand (home country) in the early 1900's, around the mid-late 1920's. The particular time period in the story is assumed based on the different evidence that the story provides. The type of clothing and the way the children talk also refers back to this time period. The luxury of having a doll house, and what it means to the girls is another reason why the time period is brought back to quite a few decades past where we are presently as Doll's houses are not looked at as so unique anymore especially when thousands are produced daily by Matel. "Life and work are one thing indivisable." The story The Doll's House is told in third person omniscent. The attitude that one perceives is being portrayed from the narrative point of view is one of acceptance towards the situation, someone with a similar view as Aunt Beryl or Mrs. Burnell.
6) When you read the story what did you think the girls (Kezia and Else) saw in the lamp?
7) Do you think there is anything else in the Kelvey's life that could make them appear more seperated from the crowd than we are lead on to believe?
9) Why do you think Mansfield chose to have Aunt Beryl more present in the book compared to the girls' parents, who are only briefly mentioned? What effect did this have on the story as a whole? Discussion Qustions Continued