Early life[ edit ] Mansfield was born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp in into a socially prominent family in WellingtonNew Zealand. Her grandfather was Arthur Beauchampwho briefly represented the Picton electorate in Parliament. Her father, Harold Beauchamp became the chairman of the Bank of New Zealand and was knighted in She had two older sisters, a younger sister and a younger brother, born in
The man then rescues and causes the death of a common housefly. The story also makes a fascinating study of a psychological crisis that afflicts a man almost completely lacking in self-awareness. Plot and Major Characters The story begins with a retired man, old Mr.
Woodifield, making his weekly visit to the office where he worked before suffering a stroke. Woodifield has made a habit of returning to visit his old boss on Tuesday afternoons—the only day of the week his wife and girls allow him out of the house. The boss, five years older, is stout and fit, a stark contrast to his enfeebled former employee.
It does a man good, Woodifield thinks, to see the boss going so strong. Woodifield admires the office and the boss explains, as he has done for several weeks now, that he has done it up lately.
He points to the new carpet, new furniture, and new electric heating. Woodifield notices that the boss does not point to the photograph of a grave-looking boy in uniform. The photograph is not new; it has been there for the past six years. As they enjoy their drinks, Woodifield suddenly remembers what he had meant to tell the boss.
Both plots, the girls reported, were well cared for, and the gravesites were in a beautiful place, with broad paths and flowers growing on all the plots. The boss is visibly upset and distracted as Woodifield gives him the details. Woodifield asks if the boss has been there; the boss says he has not.
Woodifield carries on about how expensive the jam was at the hotel where his girls stayed, but the boss responds without listening and hurries to end the conversation.
He shows Woodifield out. The boss stares blankly for a time, then orders his clerk to make sure he remains undisturbed for a half hour.
He closes his office door, slumps into his chair, and covers his face with his hands. During the previous six years he only thought of his boy, lying unchanged and unblemished in his uniform.
He was sure that the passage of time would make no difference in the intensity of his emotion. Other men might live their loss down, but he would not.
This was his only son, whom he had worked for, who was to have taken over his business, whom everyone loved.
Six years earlier he had received the telegram announcing his son was dead, leaving him a broken man. At that moment, he notices a fly has fallen into his inkpot, struggling to get free. The boss lifts the fly out of the inkpot with his pen and shakes it on some blotting paper, then watches as it begins to clean itself.
The boss imagines that the fly must be joyful knowing it has narrowly escaped death. The boss then has an idea, and plunges his pen back into the pot and drops a blot of ink on the fly.
The fly seems stunned, but eventually begins to clean itself again. He is relieved when the fly again makes the effort to clean itself. He decides he will drop just one more blot of ink on the fly.
But after a third inkdrop, the fly does not stir. The boss lifts the corpse of the fly and throws it into the waste-paper. He feels wretched and frightened.“The Fly,” by Katherine Mansfield, is a short story which can be understood best as social.
It has long been a staple of literature for authors to veil social criticism with allegory and. symbolism in subtle ways, thus forcing the reader to determine for himself what a story may actually.
mean. Oct 05, · The Fly by Katherine Mansfield. Summary. As a last try, he decides to get up and have a look at his son’s photograph. However, a fly in the inkpot attracts his attention and he forgets about his son and the grief in a moment. He starts dropping drops of ink on the fly to enjoy its struggle.
After the death of the fly, he tries. “The Fly,” by Katherine Mansfield, is a short story which can be understood best as social criticism. It has long been a staple of literature for authors to veil social criticism with allegory and. Jun 30, · Short Story Analysis: “The Fly” by Katherine Mansfield 30 06 The story ends without really resolving anything; there is no sense of closure at the end.
Oct 05, · The Fly by Katherine Mansfield. Summary. The story “Fly” throws light on the fact that time is a great healer and it conquers grief. Mr. Woodifield comes to see his ex-boss. He is retired and is a heart patient. He praises the new setting and furniture of the office.
Then the boss offers him whisky. In The Fly by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of control, ignorance, sacrifice, responsibility and war. Taken from her The Doves’ Nest and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be using the setting of the story (the Boss’ office) to explore the theme of control.