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BLISS (1918)

The short story " Bliss" is written by Katherine Mansfield and was published in August 1918 in the "English Review" for the first time. The short story is then reprinted as Bliss and Other Stories. The main character of the short story "Bliss" is Bertha Young who lives in Hampstead, London. In the story, Bertha is a woman at the age of thirty, who seems so innocent and have a pure feelings towards the people around her. She is also described as a happy soul who feels so blissful and childish. There comes a day where Bertha had arranged a dinner party for the people who are close to her and her husband, Harry.The main character with her husband in the story is considered as an upper class society with the presence of servant in the setting of the story.

The other characters in the story is Harry, the husband, Pearl Fulton, the best friend of Bertha, Mr and Mrs. Norman Knight, the dinner guests followed by Eddie. There are also characters that played a minimal role in the story is Mary, the servant, Nurse, the nanny of Little B and also Little B or Little Bertha, the daughter of Bertha's and Harry's. The husband, Harry is a character that is characterized through the eyes of Bertha and at the last, she realized that the personality of her husband is not as her thoughts towards him. The image that reflected by Harry, the husband was totally unexpected and made her to be in question about her life that she had to go through after knowing the relation between him and her best friend.

The dinner guests, Mr. Norman Knight as a playwright and Mrs. Norman Knight as an interior designer are close friends to the couple and known as ' Mug' and ' Face ' to the family followed by Eddie who is an effeminate as well as a poet with possibly homosexual as their guest too. The other character that plays the role of guest in this story is Pearl Fulton. Pearl Fulton is Bertha's friend,a woman with a mind blowing blonde hair that make Bertha to be interested in her for unknown reason and sensed a great strong bond is build between them. At first, Bertha had a possibly of feeling fall in love towards Pearl and finally, she discovered that Harry and Pearl was in a relationship which make the bliss of Bertha are shared by Pearl.

On the other hand, Pearl is a character that generated the bliss in Bertha and made a difference towards her love for her husband.This can be seen when she started to admire and love him in the way he is always but just not in that way. As the story is told by the interpretation and by looking the things that are going around her in the present, she could not see the truth that being happened beyond her naive and genuine character towards everyone especially her husband that make the tricks and cheats is cannot be traced or recognised by Bertha until she saw the intimate relation between Harry and Pearl.

The setting of the story has taken place in the Bertha's house and the garden . The house is a double-storey house...

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