Early life[ edit ] Mansfield was born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp in into a socially prominent family in WellingtonNew Zealand.
Taken from her Bliss and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be using the setting of the story to explore the theme of paralysis.
Something that becomes clearer to the reader later on in the story. It is also interesting that Mansfield uses dark colours when describing the setting as Ada is lying in bed.
The use of dark colours also serves to act as foreshadowing to later in the story and the lack of opportunities for Ada as she goes from film company to film company looking for work.
There is no light at the end of the tunnel. At no stage in the day does Ada stop looking for work. Though it is also clear that Ada is desperate. This may be important as it suggests that Ada is trying to escape from the reality she finds herself in.
There is also a sense of irony in Ada escaping from her reality as for many people acting or films would be considered to be an escape from reality into fantasy.
The theme of rejection is self-evident in the story. So desperate is Ada to secure a job she is escaping into an unreal world.
When she encounters rejection she just shifts to an alternative reality that is unreal or non-existent. With the exception of the other actors that Ada encounters during the day every other character though minor is working.
They are living their lives while Ada appears to be living a fantasy. The form that Ada throws into the bin may also be important as for the first time in the story there is a sense that Ada is facing reality. However such is her determination to follow her dream she quickly picks herself back up and escapes into another fantasy.
Though as mentioned she quickly picks herself back up. The ending of the story is also interesting as Mansfield appears to be further exploring the theme of desperation. Ada through her desperation is prepared to sell her body in order to survive.
She is not thinking straight. Though again the reader is aware just how desperate Ada is.
What is also interesting is that at no stage in the story does Ada give up on her aspirations to be a singer or actress. Mansfield never makes mention of Ada considering looking for work in a different profession.
Though she is also prepared to take huge risks prostitution and live outside societal norms in pursuit of her dreams. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The Sitting Bee, 5 May.Pictures by Katherine Mansfield 5 May Dermot Katherine Mansfield Cite Post In Pictures by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of paralysis, desperation, dedication, .
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