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Two of Katherine Mansfields most famous stories are Prelude and At the Bay both of them portraying a New Zealand family Both stories are revolving around the female characters but the one link that connects all of them is Stanley Burnell member and provider of the family The New Zealand critic Carl Stead affirms that Stanley Burnell is a benevolent despot meaning that he is a kind person and a tyrant in the same time I agree with Stead affirmation but as it seems somewhat incomplete I would want to add a few words to it Stanley character is benevolent but unconsciously despot Stanley is dynamic and doesnt like to rely on other people he is eager to put down roots and settle down He has no inherited wealth or special education only his own intellect on which to rely He is not only responsible for Linda and his children but he has assumed responsibility for her mother and unmarried sister Beryl He works hard and makes sacrifices to support his family For example when they are all on holiday in At the Bay Stanley catches the bus in to work To have such a busy life Stanley demands constant support from everyone else into covering his insecurities He is not only looking for support but he also expects for other people to try and achieve something on their own as he does Because Beryl lacks money Stanley expects her to try and work hard By Jove if she cant do a hands turn occasionally without shouting about it in return for Stanley does not finish his sentence being not sure exactly what it is Beryl owes him This shows that it became a routine for him to financially take care of everybody in the family and that he does not expect a material reward even though he wants to see people try In At the Bay there is a moment when all
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