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Would Miss Brill be a round or flat character? Why?

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wadeone | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM via web

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Would Miss Brill be a round or flat character? Why?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM (Answer #1)

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Miss Brill is a round character because a round character is a major character in the story that is influenced by conflict and is actually changed by it.

Throughout the story, the tone of the music mirrors Miss Brill's feelings. To begin she is a people watcher who loves sitting in the park listening to her "music". This day Mansfield narrates:

There were a number of people out this afternoon, far more than last Sunday. And the band sounded louder and gayer.

As the story finishes, she is consumed by a couple who talk poorly about her right in front of her.

"But why? Because of that stupid old thing at the end there?" asked the boy. "Why does she come here at all–who wants her? Why doesn't she keep her silly old mug at home?"

This bursts her spirit. She had thought she was above everyone else and a great observer of all other characters, but alas, here she is judged. It forever changed her attitude from one of happiness to complete melancholy. 

 But when she put the lid on she thought she heard something crying.

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