Bliss by Katherine Mansfield – English with Short Stories

Bliss by Katherine Mansfield Bliss by Katherine Mansfield Although Bertha Young was thirty she still had moments like this when she wanted to run instead of walk, to take dancing steps on and off the pavement, to bowl a hoop, to throw something up in the air and catch it again, or to stand still

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6 comments on “Bliss by Katherine Mansfield – English with Short Stories”

  1. A story full of ambiguity and difficult to understand. I read it at least three times to get a point of that. The best term that I can say about it is the same as Dr. Hariri mentioned – ignorance is a blessing.

    • As you wrote, to understand this story, you need to develop so much empathy with the protagonist and put yourself in her shoes. She was so happy because, in fact, she knew nothing about some important matters in her married life.

  2. The first time I read the story, I wasn’t quite sure what should I get from the story or what the writer is trying to say. I had to reread it.
    Bertha felt a sense of bliss through the whole story, she says she is in love with her husband and she feels a sense of connection with Pearl and she thinks she is a really nice person but at the end, when she faces the truth, she doesn’t know what is going to happen next and her sense of bliss starts to fade away.

    • That’s right. Bliss is a deep story with a strong focus on story characterization. In my idea, the maxim of “ignorance is bliss” applies to the story because as she uncovers the secrets and gets to know her husband, bliss is replaced with sadness.

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