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Miss Brill

The central idea in Miss Brill, by Katherine Mansfield, is loneliness. Miss Brill is an English teacher living in France. You can see throughout the short story, that Miss Brill lives in delusions...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2014, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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The main reason why Miss Brill enjoys her Sundays in the park is because this type of distraction is the sole medium by which the expatriate English teacher, who lives alone, has a chance to feel...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015, 1:15 am (UTC)

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In "Miss Brill" an external character vs. character conflict causes an internal conflict. Conflict is a struggle. There are two main types of conflict: internal and external. An internal conflict...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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The woman in the ermine toque is Miss Brill's double. Once upon a time, this woman was young—though that time has passed, as we learn that her hair is no longer "yellow." Once upon a time, her...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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I would say that the primary conflict in the Mansfield short story is the collision between an individual's perception of self and the external judgments of others. If one wanted to draw this out...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2011, 10:07 pm (UTC)

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Miss Brill is told from a limited third person point of view. The point of view is third person because it uses the pronoun "she" to refer to the main character. It is limited because everything...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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Judging by her demeanor and appearance, it's probably fair to say that Miss Brill is a middle-aged lady. Though her precise age is never given to us, it's a reasonable assumption that she's a woman...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2020, 11:05 am (UTC)

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"Miss Brill" follows an older woman who lives in France as she goes on her traditional Sunday outing to the park. Once there, she begins to eavesdrop on the people around her and thinks that her...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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Miss Brill's mood at the beginning of the play is one of trying to pump herself up to be happy. She tries to hide her sadness from herself. She focuses on the bright side of life: the beautiful...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2020, 11:23 am (UTC)

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The ending of the story Miss Brill reveals that Miss Brill, a middle-aged teacher who moved to Paris to teach English, is as rare, as outdated, as lonely, and as strange to the common folk as is...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2011, 7:51 am (UTC)

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Katherine Mansfield is renowned for her stories of lonely women, and Miss Brill is probably one of the most well-known. This is a story of little action but of deep character development; Mansfield...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016, 12:10 am (UTC)

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The two settings in "Miss Brill" are Miss Brill's apartment and the Jardins Publiques. It is at the public gardens, the park, where Miss Brill seems to live the life she wants; she can listen in on...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016, 12:26 am (UTC)

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When an old man and old woman sit down next to Miss Brill on her "special" seat in the park, she is disappointed when they don't speak, because she always looked forward to the conversation. She...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2019, 1:24 am (UTC)

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Miss Brill normally looks forward to stopping off at the baker's shop on her way home and treating herself to a slice of honey cake. She particularly likes it when she finds an almond in her slice,...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019, 5:14 am (UTC)

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In her short story "Miss Brill," Katherine Mansfield uses these literary techniques: Stream of Consciousness Most interestingly, in her short story, Katherine Mansfield employs a strange...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2012, 12:10 am (UTC)

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I must admit, I think the ending of this excellent short story is rather unequivocal. Let us remember that we are presented with a woman who is profoundly lacking in self-awareness, as her fantasy...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011, 7:27 pm (UTC)

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The fur Miss Brill wears is the most loaded symbol of the short story. On one level, it represents Miss Brill's individuality and sense of pride. She loves the little fur, and she wears it when she...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020, 5:39 pm (UTC)

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Miss Brill does come to a realization about her life and habits. At the Jardin Publique, after she overhears the young man ridiculing her and the girl mocking her fur, her dream-world in which she...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2015, 7:23 am (UTC)

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The fur symbolizes Ms. Brill's inner view of herself. It is fragile, hidden away, untouched, and unique. It is also different, and a bit unapproachable. She is quite fond of her fur, and she refers...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2011, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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These are two very good texts to compare. Quite clearly you will want to compare and contrast the characters of Miss Brill and Minnie Wright and the way that both lead lonely, isolated lives as...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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A plot diagram visually represents the exposition of the story; the rising action; the complications; the climax; the falling action; and the resolution of the story. In "Miss Brill," the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011, 11:31 am (UTC)

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The setting of a story is always the combination of two elements: place and time. "Miss Brill" is no exception; therefore, let's analyze both elements of setting in turn. First, the place in...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2015, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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Flat characters are relatively uncomplicated and do not significantly change throughout their story. Round characters are more complex and they do develop, sometimes in surprising ways. Miss...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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The fur necklet is symbolic of Miss Brill herself; when she puts it into the box and closes the lid, it sounds like it is crying because it will not be brought out again after the young couple have...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015, 10:52 pm (UTC)

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The young couple brutally remind Miss Brill of her loneliness and lack of companionship at the worst possible moment. Up until this point, Miss Brill had been living in a kind of fantasy about her...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019, 5:12 pm (UTC)

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The mood of "Miss Brill" is fairly whimsical and imaginative in the beginning. The first line of the story and the initial description of the setting is quite pretty and cheerful, introducing this...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 11:49 am (UTC)

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Katherine Mansfield brings to life a lonely, spinster. In “Miss Brill,” the protagonist does not engage with anyone. In her mind she shares her Sundays with the other people who come to the park...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2013, 12:27 am (UTC)

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Miss Brill is an English expatriate living in Paris, France. "Expatriate" is a term that describes people who live outside their native land. Miss Brill is in Paris working as an English teacher....

Latest answer posted September 10, 2017, 11:55 pm (UTC)

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Figurative language is the usage of figures of speech in order to make a literary piece more effective and impactful for readers. Figurative language includes a really wide range of literary...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019, 11:54 pm (UTC)

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No, I do not think we can accurately call Miss Brill's fur a character, but it is a symbol. A symbol is something that has both literal and figurative meaning: there is actually a fox fur that...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2017, 2:08 am (UTC)

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One possible thesis statement you might like to consider is how society often stifles individuality. Miss Brill is nothing if not an individual. Her eccentric dress, the way she devises her own...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2018, 6:33 am (UTC)

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When the story begins, Miss Brill is quite excited to get started with her Sunday routine. She will go to the jardins publiques, or the public park, and she will spend the afternoon looking at...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2016, 6:32 am (UTC)

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The ironic thing about Miss Brill's observations of the other people congregated in the park is that she does so to feel a part of the greater community even though she is an isolated old woman....

Latest answer posted July 14, 2020, 9:17 pm (UTC)

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We learn that Miss Brill doesn't really have a great deal to do and that she is essentially alone. Each Sunday, she goes to the park to listen to a band, but she mostly looks forward to...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016, 11:59 pm (UTC)

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In Katherine Mansfield’s story “Miss Brill,” the protagonist’s observations of other people give us insight into her own character in a number of ways, including the following: Miss Brill’s...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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The description of the fur that Miss Brill swathes herself with in the first paragraph of this excellent story gives us vital clues about the character of this poor, lonely lady and the half-life...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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Miss Brill sees herself as a lot more important in the world than she actually is. She thinks of herself as younger and more vital, and more fashionable and relevant, than is the reality. In the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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"Miss Brill" is a great story with a sad and depressing climax (high point). Miss Brill begins the story as a woman who goes out into the park near her home. While at the park, she uses her...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2015, 3:45 am (UTC)

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When Miss Brill heads goes on her weekly outing to the park, she happily sits there on a bench, watching the world around her. As she does so, she starts to construct little scenarios in her mind...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 8:47 am (UTC)

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The conclusion of Katherine Mansfield's short story "Miss Brill" occurs after the eponymous main character has spent her usual Sunday at the public garden, watching people and making up stories...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2016, 6:58 am (UTC)

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Katherine Mansfield was born and raised in New Zealand but moved to England at the age of 19, and the central character in her short story "Miss Brill" can be presumed to be from Great Britain,...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2017, 3:14 am (UTC)

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Miss Brill is probably a woman who is slightly past middle age because she seems rather old-fashioned, wearing a necklet that she has owned for some time. She also ranks other people that she sees...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2016, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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The band is playing louder and happier because it is the start of the Season. Miss Brill is a lady that enjoys sitting in the park and people watching. She enjoys listening to the band that plays...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2013, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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The people in "Miss Brill" are just other regular people that are at the park at the same time that she is. The first people that we are told about are the members of a band; however, readers...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018, 11:30 pm (UTC)

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It is hard not to feel incredibly sorry for the character of Miss Brill in this excellent short story. We are told that she teaches English and that she also reads the newspaper to an "invalid old...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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Miss Brill sits on a bench in the park and people-watches every Sunday. Miss Brill is a woman who likes to take part in life by proxy. She enjoys routine. She seems to come to the same park bench...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015, 4:33 am (UTC)

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As Miss Brill sits and watches the people around her in the park, she eventually realizes that "[i]t was like a play." All of the interactions she sees, even the way the sky looks—as though it is...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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As the story begins, it's a beautiful sunny day in Paris. The clear blue sky is "powdered with gold" and there are "great spots of light" splashed over the Jardins Publiques, where Miss Brill is...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021, 8:47 am (UTC)

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Miss Brill enjoys—or convinces herself she enjoys—her Sunday afternoons at the the Jardins Publiques. She can dress up for this outing, sit in what she calls her "special" seat on a park bench, and...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2018, 11:55 am (UTC)

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While in one respect there is a separation of the settings of Miss Brill's little dark "cupboard" of a room and the public park, the Jardin Publique, there is also an intermingling of these scenes...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2015, 11:34 am (UTC)

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