The Singing Lesson
The Singing Lesson By Katherine Mansfield was a short story that explained how Miss Meadow’s thought disrupted her teaching to her class in the music hall. Miss Meadow showed hatred for the Science Mistress and expressed herself in a negative way. This was due to a letter she had received. The letter said that the guy she was marrying didnt love her. This was on her mind the whole day until she recieved a telegram saying that she needs not to pay attention to the letter that was written earlier. Her fiance explains how he ust have been mad whe he wrote the letter. After finding out this news, She no longer acts mad and instead shows her cheery side.
At first upon reading this short story you might think that it is describing a singing lesson in a music hall. Thats because it actually is. One idea that is achieved by reading The Singing Lesson, is that a teacher’s personal life problems and issues can affect other aspects of her life, including how she acts towards others. Not only cn she be affected but others as well.
Miss Meadow is the teacher of the singing lesson. She is expressed as being despairing and depressed all because of a letter she had recieved from her fiance, the person she is suppose to be marrying. While the girls around her in the hall are fluttery an lively, it can be seen that the way she acts compared to them is more sad and depressed. This is an example of contrast. By purposely implementing this contrast between characters, Katherine Mansfield is showing Miss Meadow as a symbol of isolation and despair. Along with the contrast of moods, there is also a contrast of discourse, which shows the difference in traits that human beings have. Miss Meadow is bitter and has hatred, while the Science Mistress is a symbol of artificiality.
The setting shows that Miss Meadow’s state of mind could be mournful, which would be represented by the music hall. The song with which she chooses to sing illustrates that she is not in the best of moods, while later in teh story at the end, she choses to sing a song more blissful.
You can tell the way in which the class acts and the motioning Miss Meadow makes that she is disrupted by a thought of something. The thought affects the way in which she is teaching. Basically The Singing Lesson is about how the manner in which moods change due to external events. This is obvious when she recieves the telegram from her fiance. The contents of the letter are considered to be heartbreaking to the point where it has the power to influence the mood not only Miss Meadow but everyone in the music hall as well.
This short story reveals how Katherine Mansfield feels about human grief on everyone not jsut the person doing the grieving. Emphasis on impressionism can be seen, because we precieve that Miss Meadow is sad or grieving over something that had happened. In a way this piece coul be fragmented because it goes from narrator to having actual quotes from the period in which it takes place. This story also shows a lot of strea of consciousness, because it shows Miss Meadows thoughs with which she feels.