What is Miss Brill's mood at the beginning and at the end of the story?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Interestingly enough, there is little affect in Miss Brill's disposition at the start of the story and at the end of it.  In the beginning of the story, she sees herself as the center of all attention, the reason for being in the world.  She envisions herself as what Mansfileld would describe as a "conductor" or as some type of director who is designing and configuring a setting that she herself controls.  For whatever reason, she feels a part of what is happening.  At the end of the story, there is little reflection or emotional affect to the couple's comments.  She did not get herself the small treat at the bakery she normally does.  When she goes home, she blames the stole for what happened.  One notable change is that the fur that she revered at the start of the story is what she ends up blaming at its end.  Yet, there is little change in her and in how she sees herself.  The mood at the start of unrerpressible joy and zeal is replaced by a sense of blame at the end.  Yet, Miss Brill, herself does not seize the moment to reflect inwards. Rather, she displaces her own need to personally reflect by blaming the fur.  In this, there is change in the mood presented because what was once there at the start is different at the end.  Yet, she, herself, as a character is not presented as one that has endured a great deal or seismic sense of change in her own perceptions of the world and her place within it.

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