Tag: 1920s

  • Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Her First Ball” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1921. Though this story is nigh on 100 years old, it’s a tale of pick up artist culture, and reminds of the ‘toolies’ who attend Schoolies Week here in Australia. STORY STRUCTURE OF “HER FIRST BALL” Leila has turned 18, so must now attend […]

  • The Escape by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Escape by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    It’s almost impossible to read Katherine Mansfield’s “The Escape” (1920) without linking back to the author’s own biography. But perhaps we shouldn’t look to Mansfield’s relationship with a man in order to understand where this story might have come from. Biographer Claire Tomalin has said this about Mansfield:

  • The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “The Doll’s House” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, set in New Zealand, written 1922. This is Mansfield’s most accessible story, and a good introduction to her work. Its main themes are seen across children’s literature as well. Unlike stories such as “The Garden Party” and “Bliss”, the reader is not required to fill…

  • Sun and Moon by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Sun and Moon by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Sun and Moon” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1918. The story opens with a description of gold chairs, which reminds me of a totally unrelated Colin Carpenter (Comedy Company) skit: And while I’m being random, I read recently in a Marcus Chown science book that tides are caused by both the moon…

  • The Voyage by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Voyage by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “The Voyage” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1921. Katherine Mansfield always disliked intellectualism and aestheticism (one thing she had in common with her husband John Middleton Murray). She strove to combine a realist way of writing with personal and relatable symbols. “The Voyage” is a good example of her philosophy on that.…

  • Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Miss Brill” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1920, three years before she died. The emotional valence of “Miss Brill” is similar to that in “Bliss“. In both stories, a young woman starts off happy but then an unwelcome Anagnorisis sends her plunging into a downcast mood. In both stories, the reader must…

  • The Wind Blows by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Wind Blows by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    On the surface level, “The Wind Blows” by Katherine Mansfield is a coming-of-age short story about an adolescent girl (Matilda) who wakes up one morning, nervous and tense. While the wind blows outside, she gets ready for her music lesson. Before she leaves she has a minor disagreement with her mother. She has her music…

  • The Fly by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Fly by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “The Fly” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, published 1922. CONNECTION TO MANSFIELD’S OWN LIFE Mansfield wrote “The Fly” in February 1922 as she was finding her tuberculosis treatment debilitating. She died in January of  1923, soon after its publication. Thirty-four seems young to be contemplating old age, and to write about an elderly…