“The Dinner Party ” by Mona Gardner is about a party in India, in which a colonel and a girl argue about how women act in a crisis. An American naturalist who is at the party is watching the argument and sees the hostess, who is acting strangely, gesture for a bowl of milk to be put outside the door.
Climax : The snake finally goes for the bowl of milk, and the American Naturalist shuts the veranda doors, as the other guests panic.
The theme of the short story The Dinner is that both men and women are equally courageous and can have control of a situation.
There is very little information to be found about Mona Gardner. She was an American author who had her story “The Dinner Party” published in The Saturday Review of Literature in 1941. The story takes place in India during the time that it was a British colony.
An example of dramatic irony is when the reader knew that the snake was present and the characters didn’t. The hostess, who knew the whole time and stayed calm was the reason she proved the colonel wrong. ? The theme of The Dinner Party is that it doesn’t matter what gender you are.
Exposition : A group of people have gathered together for a dinner party . Rising action: During dinner , the American scientist notices that the hostess, Mrs. Wynes, displays a strange expression on her face. She calls for a native boy and he too displays a shocked expression.
The story is told from a third-person limited point of view . The reader is briefly made aware of the American’s impressions/ perspective .
A cooperative effort of female and male artisans, The Dinner Party celebrates traditional female accomplishments such as textile arts (weaving, embroidery, sewing) and china painting, which have been framed as craft or domestic art, as opposed to the more culturally valued, male-dominated fine arts.
The climax is the turning point in the story or the point of highest suspense. The falling action eases suspense, and the main conflict is resolved. “The Dinner Party ” by Mona Gardner In the resolution , all conflicts are resolved, and the story ends.
Irony: a literary device that uses a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal or usual meaning; incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the expected result.
However, the American, to support the hostess’s efforts and to ensure that no other person over-reacts and causes the snake to strike, adds to the drama and, whilst the main conflict is the discussion about women’s propensity to be melo-dramatic in most crises, an additional conflict is introduced reinforcing the inner
There is very little information to be found about Mona Gardner . She was an American author who had her story “The Dinner Party” published in The Saturday Review of Literature in 1941. The story takes place in India during the time that it was a British colony. Britain ruled over India from 1858-1947.
In storytelling, a protagonist is the main character or principal character or group of characters in a story.
What is the host assuming when she makes her remark about the colonel’s being right ? She is assuming that the colonel will think he was right during the argument but she knows she is about to prove him wrong.