Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2018, Page: 33-36
On Characteristics of the Plots in Katherine Mansfield’s Short Stories
Aijing Zhang, College of Teacher Education, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
Received: May 9, 2018;       Accepted: May 30, 2018;       Published: Jun. 18, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijsedu.20180602.12      View  1236      Downloads  105
Katherine Mansfield is a legend in the history of the modern British literature for her implicit writing style. She was regarded as one of the most prominent innovators and pioneers of English short stories. Most of her works are carefully organized in the structure, concentrating on creating the inner world of the characters instead of a clear beginning or tense conflicts, so as to invite readers to explore the subtle changes of the characters’ psychological world. There have been a large number of studies on the subjects like feminism, modernism, dream disillusionment, narrative style and rhetorical devices of her short stories, but only a few talk about the plot structure because there seems to be no clear boundaries between the beginning and the development, and the development and the ending. This thesis intends to and generalize the structural features of her short stories, including The Garden Party, Bliss, A Cup of Tea, An Ideal Family and so on, mainly from the following three aspects: the stream of consciousness, shifts of occasions, and the function of objects. It is found that there are some regularities in the settings of the beginnings and endings in her stories. And from the analysis of her short stories, it may help us learn more about what is artistic beauty and about how to design the story-telling process.
Katherine Mansfield, Stream of Consciousness, Shifts of Occasions, Function of Objects
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Aijing Zhang, On Characteristics of the Plots in Katherine Mansfield’s Short Stories, International Journal of Secondary Education. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2018, pp. 33-36. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsedu.20180602.12
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