Miss Brill Essay

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LCT1 TASK 4 In the literary works “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the literary elements of irony, point of view, and figurative language are adeptly used by the authors to reveal the social struggles of the protagonist in each story. Furthermore the authors provide insight to their own conflicts with society through their representations of the characters in their stories. In “Miss Brill” the central character is Miss Brill who struggles with her identity, loneliness, and her place in society. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the unnamed protagonist struggles with women’s place in society, depression, and mental illness. The story “Miss Brill” portrays a middle-aged English woman residing in France. Miss Brill lives an unremarkable lonely life. She is an unmarried English teacher, and reads the newspaper to an invalid gentleman four afternoons a week. She lives a solitary lifestyle and suffers from loneliness and a lack of identity. She spends her Sundays at the public gardens seated on a park bench watching and listening to the lives of the other patrons of the park. These Sunday excursions are Miss Brill’s escape from her struggle with her place in society. She dresses in her Sunday’s best and goes and sits quietly and absorbs the goings on around her. On these Sundays she lives in a fantasy world that she creates by eavesdropping and acutely observing all the people that surround her. She brushes aside her feelings of loneliness and relishes the thoughts of the world she creates. In her mind she becomes an integral part of the events that are transpiring. She gains an elevated sense of identity and feels no longer alone. Sadly Miss Brill’s bubble is burst by some cruel comments made about her by a young couple, and she crashes back to the reality of her lonely nondescript life. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is
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