Existence Of Two Worlds In One Doll House, Katherine Mansfield’s “The Doll’s House”

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In Katherine Mansfield’s “The Doll’s House” the physical existence of the doll house is a representation of conflict within the two different worlds of adults and children. There are three main physical attributes belonging to the doll house used to exemplify the existing conflict within the two worlds. First the description of the doll house has opposites tones when described by the voice of an adult narrator, in contrast to the child narrator, portraying the existing conflict in both worlds. Furthermore the lamp inside the doll house is a symbol comparing the genuine and artificial societies in which cause the two worlds to conflict (Beveridge 5). Lastly a key aspect of the doll house that is used to represent the conflict between the two worlds is the ability it has to swing open. The openness of the doll house connects the views of children, the closed position illustrating the world of adults. Through these three features of the doll house, we are able to analyze the conflicting differences within the world of a child versus an adult.
Through the contrasting narration of the description of the doll house, we are able to catch a glimpse into the conflicting worlds. The tone used in the description of the doll house made by the adult narrator is critical and negative, representative of an adults take on the world. For example, on page 1299, line 7, the reader experiences a pessimistic illustration of the smell of the doll house, “...the smell of paint was enough to make anyone seriously ill, in Aunt Beryl’s opinion” (Manfeild’s 1299). When experiencing the description from the child narrator there is a sense of joy and excitement, typical of a child’s view on the world. The child's perspective is evident on page 1299, line 14, “Who could possibly mind the smell? It was part of the joy part of the newness.” (Mansfield's 1299)...

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