Ch 5: The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield

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The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter at your own pace to analyze the short stories of author Katherine Mansfield. You can use any computer or mobile device to quickly review the literary elements of stories including ''The Garden Party'' and ''Miss Brill.'' These engaging lessons come with self-assessment quizzes that are designed to help you solidify your understanding of these stories. The chapter is available whenever you need it, and you can reach out to our instructors if you need any help with the lesson material. When you're finished, you should be equipped to:

  • Summarize and analyze Mansfield's ''Miss Brill'' and ''The Garden Party''
  • Analyze the characters, themes, settings, points of view and symbols from ''Miss Brill'' and ''The Garden Party''
  • Explain what ''The Garden Party'' says about class relations and feminist values

44 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield
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Miss Brill Summary

1. Miss Brill Summary

Katherine Mansfield's ''Miss Brill'' is a study in one woman's loneliness and mental state. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Miss Brill as we summarize this short story about her Sunday at the park.

Miss Brill: Themes & Analysis

2. Miss Brill: Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll explore Katherine Mansfield's short story, 'Miss Brill.' We'll examine and analyze the key themes addressed in the story and how they may relate to a common human struggle.

Miss Brill Setting

3. Miss Brill Setting

This lesson will present the details of setting in 'Miss Brill' by Katherine Mansfield. We will explore how Mansfield constructs the surroundings of this short story to set the stage for our main character's dilemma.

Miss Brill Symbolism

4. Miss Brill Symbolism

This lesson explores some of the important uses of symbolism in Katherine Mansfield's short story 'Miss Brill.' Symbols connect the reader to important messages in the story. In 'Miss Brill,' Mansfield uses the fur, the ermine toque, and the band as symbols.

Miss Brill Point of View

5. Miss Brill Point of View

In this lesson, we'll investigate the point of view presented in 'Miss Brill' by Katherine Mansfield. The limited third-person point of view used in this short story gives the reader important insights. Let's look at the purposes served by the specific viewpoint story.

The Garden Party Summary

6. The Garden Party Summary

Written between 1920 and 1922, ''The Garden Party'' still stands as author Katherine Mansfield's best-known story. In this lesson, we'll summarize this short tale about a family's decision to celebrate despite trouble around them.

The Garden Party: Characters & Quotes

7. The Garden Party: Characters & Quotes

This lesson describes the relationships of the main characters in Katherine Mansfield's short story 'The Garden Party.' We will analyze some of the quotations that best illustrate their characteristics.

The Garden Party: Themes & Analysis

8. The Garden Party: Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we look at ''The Garden Party,'' a short story by Katherine Mansfield about a sad event that occurs before Laura Sheridan's garden party. We will examine some of the themes in the story as well.

The Garden Party Setting

9. The Garden Party Setting

In this lesson, we will examine the settings of the impoverished cottages and the elaborate Sheridan estate gardens from the Katherine Mansfield short story, 'The Garden Party'.

The Garden Party Symbols

10. The Garden Party Symbols

In this lesson, we will examine the symbols that are used by the author, Katherine Mansfield, in the short story 'The Garden Party.' This is the story of socialites who host a party while a working class family grieves an unexpected loss.

Class Relations in The Garden Party

11. Class Relations in The Garden Party

In this lesson, we examine class relations from the short story ''The Garden Party'' by Katherine Mansfield. The story is about the socially elite throwing a garden party in the immediate wake of a tragedy suffered by their less fortunate neighbors.

Feminist Values in The Garden Party

12. Feminist Values in The Garden Party

This lesson explores gender roles, feminist values, and the intersection of class and gender that are present in Katherine Mansfield's 1922 short story 'The Garden Party.' After you've read the lesson, complete the quiz questions that follow.

The Garden Party Discussion Questions

13. The Garden Party Discussion Questions

'The Garden Party' is a story examining social classes, priorities, and attitudes toward others in our world. The story provides an opportunity for your students to consider their personal beliefs toward others who are of a different social status.

The Fly by Katherine Mansfield: Theme & Setting

14. The Fly by Katherine Mansfield: Theme & Setting

In this lesson, you will read a short summary of Katherine Mansfield's 'The Fly.' Then, you will learn about the story's themes and its setting, which takes place entirely in one space.

The Fly by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

15. The Fly by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

Katherine Mansfield's short story 'The Fly' is a social commentary conveyed in an allegorical and symbolic manner. In this lesson, we'll review the story's plot and analyze its underlying meaning.

A Cup Of Tea by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Theme

16. A Cup Of Tea by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Theme

'A Cup of Tea' is a modernist style short story written by Katherine Mansfield in 1922. Rosemary, the protagonist, is caught up in a fantasy of helping others, but it doesn't go as planned.

Taking the Veil by Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

17. Taking the Veil by Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson you will learn about ''Taking the Veil,'' a short story by Katherine Mansfield. In addition to reading a summary of the story, we'll analyze some of the literary elements.

The Singing Lesson: Summary & Analysis

18. The Singing Lesson: Summary & Analysis

'The Singing Lesson' by Katherine Mansfield explores a short part of a teacher's day. Read on to find out just what happens and get an analysis of these events.

The Voyage by Mansfield: Summary & Symbolism

19. The Voyage by Mansfield: Summary & Symbolism

In this lesson you will learn about Katherine Mansfield's short story 'The Voyage.' After looking at a summary of the story, we will explore the symbolism Mansfield uses.

A Dill Pickle by Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

20. A Dill Pickle by Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

'A Dill Pickle' by Katherine Mansfield is based on a brief scenario, whereby a couple meets again after the break-up of an earlier relationship. But what does a dill pickle have to do with their story?

The Stranger by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

21. The Stranger by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

If you are reading 'The Stranger' by Katherine Mansfield, you are probably wondering what actually happened. Take a look at the following summary where we will break down the story and offer an analysis.

Her First Ball: Summary & Analysis

22. Her First Ball: Summary & Analysis

''Her First Ball'' is another of Katherine Mansfield's charming short stories about common experiences. This narrative about a country cousin's first dance was written in 1921 as part of a collection called ''The Garden Party, and Other Stories.''

The Daughters of the Late Colonel: Summary & Quotes

23. The Daughters of the Late Colonel: Summary & Quotes

In this lesson we'll look at a summary of the short story ''The Daughters of the Late Colonel,'' which is focused on a pair of daughters dealing with the death of their father. We'll also explore quotes from the story.

Katherine Mansfield: Biography & Facts

24. Katherine Mansfield: Biography & Facts

Katherine Mansfield was a short story writer who wrote several short story collections. In this lesson, we will learn about Katherine Mansfield's life and her work.

The Devoted Friend: Summary & Analysis

25. The Devoted Friend: Summary & Analysis

Did you know Oscar Wilde wrote children's stories? In this lesson, we'll take a look at one of them, titled 'The Devoted Friend.' The lesson includes a summary and analysis of the story.

Bliss by Katherine Mansfield: Characters & Quotes

26. Bliss by Katherine Mansfield: Characters & Quotes

''Bliss'' by Katherine Mansfield is a good example of a character-driven story. In this lesson you'll learn about the characters, including their personalities and roles within the story.

Bliss by Katherine Mansfield: Summary, Themes & Analysis

27. Bliss by Katherine Mansfield: Summary, Themes & Analysis

If you're reading 'Bliss' by Katherine Mansfield, you may have found it tough to decipher what's going on in the story. Don't worry, you're not alone. Check out this lesson for a summary and an analysis, as well as a glimpse at the themes.

An Ideal Family by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Characters

28. An Ideal Family by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Characters

'An Ideal Family' is written by Katherine Mansfield. The story circles around a man who is complimented about how perfect his family is, but he seems to think otherwise. In this lesson, we will cover the summary and characters of this story.

An Ideal Family by Katherine Mansfield: Themes & Analysis

29. An Ideal Family by Katherine Mansfield: Themes & Analysis

Katherine Mansfield's story ''An Ideal Family'' shows a typical workaholic businessman whose success has dominated his attention all his life. In this lesson, we will explore the themes of age, change, and appreciation for loved ones and see how these themes play into the story.

Mr. and Mrs. Dove by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Characters

30. Mr. and Mrs. Dove by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Characters

Not all proposal stories are love stories. You can see this in 'Mr. and Mrs. Dove' by Katherine Mansfield. In this lesson you will read a summary and look at the characters.

At the Bay by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

31. At the Bay by Katherine Mansfield: Summary & Analysis

Katherine Mansfield's 'At the Bay' is a day in the life of a family. Work, life, childhood, loneliness and death weave their way through the vignettes. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the story and its meaning.

At the Bay: Characters & Quotes

32. At the Bay: Characters & Quotes

While a place for swimming and sunning, the bay is also a place where women and children gather to gossip and to reflect. Meet some of the bay's inhabitants and beachgoers in Katherine Mansfield's 'At the Bay.'

Something Childish But Very Natural: Plot Summary, Theme & Analysis

33. Something Childish But Very Natural: Plot Summary, Theme & Analysis

Love is in the air in Katherine Mansfield's ''Something Childish but Very Natural'' when Henry meets Edna. Both young characters grapple with this new emotion; Henry, however, doesn't believe that such a love must simmer and grow. Are they fated to be together forever?

Life of Ma Parker: Summary & Analysis

34. Life of Ma Parker: Summary & Analysis

''Life of Ma Parker'' is a short story written by Katherine Mansfield. It is a story about loss and overwhelming emotion. In this lesson we will cover the summary and analysis of this story.

Life of Ma Parker Character Analysis

35. Life of Ma Parker Character Analysis

We will be covering the character analysis of the short story 'Life of Ma Parker' by Katherine Mansfield. In this lesson, we get to know a little more about the character's background, personality, and traits.

Life of Ma Parker: Symbolism & Themes

36. Life of Ma Parker: Symbolism & Themes

In this lesson, we will examine the themes and symbolism from Katherine Mansfield's short story ''Life of Ma Parker.'' This is the story of a woman who has had a hard life and is badly in need of a good cry.

An Indiscreet Journey: Summary & Analysis

37. An Indiscreet Journey: Summary & Analysis

'An Indiscreet Journey' is a 1915 short story by Katherine Mansfield. Like many of her stories, it serves as an illustration of daily life during the time period surrounding World War I.

Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Character Analysis

38. Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Character Analysis

A character analysis takes subtle hints from the story and pieces together the character's personality and point of view. In this lesson, we will examine a few of the main characters in Katherine Mansfield's short story, 'Her First Ball.'

Symbolism in Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield

39. Symbolism in Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield

In ''Her First Ball'' by Katherine Mansfield, you'll notice that not everything is as it appears. There are deeper meanings in the story. In this lesson we will take a look at some of those deeper meanings.

Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Themes

40. Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Themes

At a very exciting time in her life, Leila goes to ''Her First Ball''. This short story is written by Katherine Mansfield. We will learn about the themes in this story.

Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Setting

41. Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Setting

It's her first ball and it's a heavenly occurrence! In this lesson, we'll look at the fairytale-like setting that awaits Leila in Katherine Mansfield's '~'Her First Ball,'~' including location, place and time.

Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Tone

42. Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Tone

In this lesson, we will discuss the tone of the short story ''Her First Ball'' by Katherine Mansfield. This is the story of a young girl who attends her first formal dance with her cousins in the city.

Irony in Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield

43. Irony in Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield

''Her First Ball'', Katherine Mansfield explores naivety and growing up. In this lesson, we will take a look at Leila's first experience at a dance with men and see how her expectations play into situational and verbal irony.

Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Comprehension Questions

44. Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Comprehension Questions

''Her First Ball'' is a short story by Katherine Mansfield about a country girl's first dance. This lesson provides comprehension question to help your students better understand the story.

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