Laura's Growth In "the Garden Party"

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In “The Garden Party,” Katherine Mansfield is able to portray's a story of a young woman's first encounter to their own problem. Laura encounters many hardships in growing up when trying to change into adulthood. She begins to find herself a new identity, one unlike that of the members of her family. In order to reach such a drastic transformation, she has to overcome several obstacles that include difficult decisions and facing her mother. Throughout the story, Laura is forced to see from a different point of view, making her a more mature young woman. Many believe that Laura has become more immature throughout the story because she makes unthought out, spontaneous decisions. Although she struggles to reach an understanding of maturity, she is unable to become a woman because of her divergent actions. One of these actions includes how distracted she gets when her mother gives laura, her hat. Laura's brother compliments her, and she completely forgets about Mr. Scott; “What an absolute topping hat!’… and [Laura] didn’t tell him after all,” ( p. 11). This shows that Laura really is childish because one compliment has made her completely forget about her original intentions. The wavering in Laura’s mind show how childish Laura really is. Although Laura gets easily distracted by her hat at first, she soon realizes that it was childish of her to do so. When she reaches the Scott’s house at the end of the story, she apologizes for her hat because she thinks that it is out of place of where she is. “Excuse my hat,” ( p. 16 ). Her apologetic behavior shows that she is sensitive to others even though they are in a different class. It also shows how she has matured from when she had first tried on her hat and forgot Mr. Scott's tragedy. Another reason many may believe that Laura hasn’t matured is that on her walk to the Scott’s house, she can’t get the party out of
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