What do you think the garden party symbolises? Why?
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The prevailing symbolism and theme in The Garden Party and Other Stories is the examination of life and its particularities. Each of the stories focuses on a specific moment in time in the lives of the characters. The stories’ narratives encompass an examination of those lives concentrating on the opinions, emotions, dreams, fears, and especially the innermost anxieties of the main characters. Mansfield was not interested in a grand or spanning picture of life. Instead she focused on the trivialities, the small moments that linger in the minds of her characters and acted as epiphanies, making way for character transformations and new beginnings. Mansfield was particularly interested in how women view the world and featured several female protagonists, a unique point of view for her time period.