The Little Girl – Katherine Mansfield


Summary

Kezia’s father was a busy man. He was so much lost in his business that he had no time for his family. Being an over disciplined man, he was strict with Kezia as well. He never had those soft feelings for his little daughter nor did he pet her for a while. All he did was giving her a perfunctory kiss rather than a loving one. His presence at home frightened Kezia and she felt relieved when he was gone. Kezia was able to speak without stuttering but in her father’s presence she stuttered and had all those speech problems. In an attempt to speak normally in her formidable father’s presence, she stuttered. In spite of all, Kezia’s father had a loving heart.

The Macdonalds who lived next door made an exuberant, lively, playful family. Looking through the vegetable garden-wall, Kezia saw the five children playing with their father, turning a hose at him and the father tickling the children. When compared with her scary father who never played with her, Kezia saw the height of love between father and children next door and she loved the MacDonald family.

Comments

Parents need to punish their children when it is necessary to do so and children who have been punished exceedingly too much or too less undergo a poor formation. Kezia father belongs to the wrong kind of parents. His act of forming his little child was unfit and the instance of his hitting Kezia for ruining his very important speech-sheets was unjustifiably wrong. On one side the sheets were important for him but the fact that Kezia ruined them for making him a birthday gift stands strongly against the father.

  1. Why was Kezia scared of her father? 
    Kezia’s father was a busy man. He did works that required extreme care and great responsibility. He was so much lost in his business that hr had no time for his family. Being an over disciplined man, he was strict with Kezia as well. He never had those soft feelings for his little daughter nor did he pet her for a while. All he did was giving her a perfunctory kiss rather than a loving one. His presence at home frightened Kezia and she felt relieved when he was gone.
  2. What was unusual about Kezia’ stuttering? 
    Kezia was able to speak without stuttering but in her father’s presence she stuttered and had all those speech problems. In an attempt to speak normally in her formidable father’s presence, she stuttered.
  3. Do you think that Kezia’ father didn’t love her? 
    No, Kezia’s father had a loving heart. In spite of his formidable character and strict life style, he had in him a soft, loving parent sleeping. Whether he was not aware of it, or he never had a turn to pet his child, he was a loving father.
  4. Why did Kezia like Mr. Macdonalds? 
    The Macdonalds who lived next door made an exuberant, lively, playful family. Looking through the vegetable garden-wall, Kezia saw the five children playing with their father, turning a hose at him and the father tickling the children. When compared with her scary father who never played with her, Kezia saw the height of love between father and children next door and she loved the MacDonald family.
  5. Do you justify Kezia’ father’s punishing her for ruining his great speech? Give reasons. 
    Parents need to punish their children when it is necessary to do so and children who have been punished too much or too less undergo a poor formation. Kezia’s father belongs to the wrong kind of parents. His act of forming his little child was unfit and the instance of his hitting Kezia for ruining his very important speech-sheets was unjustifiable. On one side, the sheets were important for him but the fact that Kezia ruined them for making him a birthday gift stands strongly against the father.

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