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What are some particular techniques that the author uses to develop Miss Brill's...

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tinagunderson34 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM via web

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What are some particular techniques that the author uses to develop Miss Brill's character?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 31, 2008 at 2:53 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the most prevalent techniques that Mansfield uses is stream-of-consciousness here.  She also uses description of the character's actions to reflect the character, as well.  Mansfield does a masterful job at relaying Miss Brill's thoughts to her readers in this stream-of-consciousness narrative.  Miss Brill's mind drifts to other thoughts as she observes others in the park, much as our own minds might drift to memories, etc., if we were in her position.  Also, the way that Miss Brill reacts to the young couple making fun of her and her fur is indicative of her character, as well.

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chelanne71 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 28, 2008 at 8:36 AM (Answer #2)

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Irony is used extensively.  Nearly everything Miss. Brill states about the characters around her such as they old, odd, and look like they come from their cupboards is indicative of how others see her.  Unfortunately, she does not realize it. 

In addition, the author uses music and imagination.  Miss. Brill sees the band as the sound track of her life so to speak.  From that notion, she begins to believe she is an actress in a play.  This "revelation" gives Miss. Brill a false sense of connection with those around her and false view of herself.  It also reveals how odd, lonely, and out of touch she is with herself and her surroundings. 

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