Analysis of The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield

Analysis of The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield

Analysis of The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield

The Doll’s House is a short story written by Katherine Mansfield. The story starts from the Burnells children receiving an exquisite doll‟ s house and then they flaunted it to the schoolmates. The story is about injustices, class distinctions at that time. In this paper I will explore the themes and analyses the characters and the techniques used to create the characters.


There are two argonsin The Doll’s House. One is the conflict between the Burnells and the Kelveys. It shows that the conflict among aristocratic families and underprivileged people. And the other one is between Kezia and other persons in the story. It expresses the difference between natural goodness and class biases. It can be seen the discrimination is caused by the gap of wealth through the whole story. The parents in Burnell thought their children were “forced to mix together” (Mansfield, P.2) and the text also says “the line had to be drawn somewhere. It was drawn at the Kelveys” (Mansfield, P.2) and so on. Everyone thought it is the rule in the Burnells but Kezia, the main character, invited the Kelveys to visit the doll‟ s house, despite the warning of her mother. Although she received a scolding at last, it indicates her courage to challenge the social rules and her hope to build a fair world.


In the short story, many characters are flat characters. For example, Mrs. Hay, she is the sweet and generous person who sent the children a doll‟s house; Emmie Cole, Lena Logan and Jessie May are the Burnells and the Kelveys‟ schoolmates; Mrs. Kelvey is a washerwoman and Mr. Kelvey is a prisoner. Their daughters are named Lil and Else. Although there are many words to describe Lil and Else, they still just


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