The Doll's House
This study guide will help you analyse the text “The Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Doll’s House”
Author: Katherine Mansfield
Published in: “The Dove’s Nest and Other Stories”
Date of Publication: 1922
Genre: Short Story
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) was a Modernist short story writer from New Zealand. At the age of 19, Mansfield settled in the UK and befriended some of the most famous writers of the time, such as Virginia Woolf and Beatrice Hastings (with whom she began a same-sex relationship). The short story “The Doll’s House” was inspired by the two real-life daughters of a washerwoman that Mansfield knew, Lil and Else McKelvey. Also, it is said that Kezia’s character was modeled after Mansfield herself.
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