Mrs. Brill Essay

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“Miss Brill” Analysis Research Paper “Miss Brill” is a short story written by Katherine Mansfield about an old lonely lady who is not appreciated by the people around her. Characters around her serve to reveal her major character trait of isolation. Miss Brill does not accept the fact she is lonely which lead her into doing extraordinary things which also lead to her sadness. Loneliness and isolation leads to disconnection from reality. The author uses literary symbols to show how Ms. Brill is in a time of isolation and disconnection from society. Miss Brill is lonely. The “fur” mentioned by Miss Brill in first person gives away her loneliness by giving the “fur” human characteristics. When she takes it out, she talks like it is an old friend: “What has been happening to me? said the sad little eyes “(86). Her assigning life- like qualities to inaminate objects show how isolated she feels and is. “Sunday after Sunday, and—Miss Brill had often noticed—there was something funny about nearly all of them. They were odd, silent, nearly all old, and from the way they stared they looked as though they'd just come from dark little rooms or even—even cupboards!” Ms. Brill thinks that she is a part of the world, but in reality, her life is just the same as these people in which the author uses them to symbolize Ms. Brill’s life. Ms. Brill’s illusion world and her effort to escape her reality are clearly illustrated through the author’s use of powerful imagery. Ms. Brill doesn’t want to look at herself as a lonely old person. Instead she imagines everything around her as a play and enjoys it too much. “It was like a play. It was exactly like a play.” “They were all on the stage. They weren't only the audience, not only looking on; they were acting. Even she had a part and came every Sunday. No doubt somebody would have noticed if she hadn't been part of the performance

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