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What is a good thesis statement for "Miss Brill"?

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harrisonp | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2007 at 4:38 AM via web

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What is a good thesis statement for "Miss Brill"?

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 28, 2007 at 9:16 AM (Answer #2)

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As a variation of that thesis statement, you might consider how Miss Brill compensates for her loneliness. The thesis would then be phrased something like:  The central theme of “Miss Brill” is the pain of loneliness, and inadvertent attempts lonely people make to experience life through the experiences of total strangers.  Some of your evidence that Miss Brill is starving for warmth and companionship would include that  she tenderly caresses her fur as if it were a beloved pet when she rubs “the life into the dim little eyes” of the old fox boa. Another sign of Miss Brill’s need for companionship is evident in her perception of the music which the band is playing at the Jardins Publiques: “It was like some one playing with only the family to listen.”  Good luck.  This is a wonderful short story to write about!

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