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Katherine Mansfield who revolutionised the English short stories of the 20th century explores the opposition of human nature and conventions through many of her prose In Bliss this idea is mainly navigated through the experiences of the main character Bertha The conventions of the Britain intelligentsia confined and controlled Bertha in all aspects of her life restricting her from behaving the way she would like to during her bliss and bringing up her baby The conventions also influenced her in her marriage and her choice of friends and forced her to exhort a perfect modern life The impacts of the pressures and expectations of the society can also be seen in some of the minor characters and the suppression of human nature by society is evident in Bliss At the start of the story an obvious example of convention versus nature appears as Bertha experiences absolute bliss This bliss makes her want to run instead of walktake dancing steps on and off the pavement to bowl a hoop to stand still and laugh at nothing But the society which was described as idiotic does not allow a women of the age thirty do all of that without labelling her as drunk and disorderly Bertha felt as if her body was kept shut up like a rare rare fiddle Her coat was also a symbol for the confinement she felt- she could not bear the tight clasp of it another moment The pressure that she feels from societys conventions is apparent When she tries to suppress her over -excited mood she scolded herself as being hysterical and absurd giving examples of what others would think of her as She does not express her bliss despite the fire of blissblazing furiously in her pushing her to let it loose She does not even confide this bliss to her husband Harry Bertha did not let her nature prevail over convention In the second part
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