A Cup of Tea
by Katherine Mansfield
The fragment analysis is taken from the short story “A cup of tea”.
It is written by one of the New Zealand most well-known short story writer Katherine Mansfield.
It’s my first reading experience with this author, but it’s lucky one. On the other hand, it’s difficult to understand author’s language. Therefore, I read this short story twice. To be honest, when I read the story, I thought “how absurd this is, how she can write uninteresting story”. The first appearance of the writer to me was just like this. But when I re- read this story I realized that the story is not that absurd and she use simple constructions to describe main characters. In my opinion her writing skill in a high level. She gives us her opinion clearly and effectively. And I really like this story. Because in this story Mansfield focused on the working of a woman’s mind when her romantic dreams come into conflict with reality. In this way she dramatized small the effect that small human feelings like jealously can have.
A Cup of Tea has an authorial narrative voice, i.e. we hear the author speak in the third person. This is called third- person narrative and it is the most common narrative technique in fiction. Also it’s written like dialogue short story between Rosemary Fell and little poor girl Miss Smith, Rosemary and her husband Philip Fell, Rosemary and shopkeeper. Looking at K. Mansfield’s story from the point of the language use between the participants, we come across with variability making the text closer to real, authentic usage by means of questions, answers, requests, imperatives, exclamations and so on.
In my point of view it’s a sad, on the one hand black humor short story including sarcasm. Why it’s sad? Because some part of the society spend their money to buy unnecessary things, but some people haven’t money for a cup of tea. Why it’s...
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