Miss Brill Questions and Answers
What is ironic about Miss Brill's impressions of the “other people [who] sat on the benches and green chairs” in "Miss Brill"?
Other than visit the park on Sunday afternoons, what two things do we learn that Miss Brill does in her spare time?
What details can you infer about Miss Brill from the quote: "She had become really quite expert...talked round her"?
What is the purpose of the fox fur piece? What is the source of the crying in the final sentence of the story?
Does Miss Brill come to a realization about her life and habits, or does she manage to suppress the truths that have been presented to her in "Miss Brill"?
How does the author of "Miss Brill" use indirect and direct characterization to create a dynamic character?
What's a good thesis statement for an analysis of the theme of isolation and loneliness in "Miss Brill" and Trifles?
Most of "Miss Brill" lets you know what’s going on in the titular character's mind. During her visit to the park, she speaks to no one, she does nothing. Her mind, however, is active, and she identifies with what is going on all around her. Considering Miss Brill’s imaginations: what do they reveal about her needs and fears? How would you describe Miss Brill’s life? (Rich? Meaningful? Empty? Something else?) How do her reactions to what she sees reveal the emptiness of her life?
Miss Brill's sense of herself is at least partly based on her attitudes toward others. What are instances of this tendency? How does it relate to the story's drastic change of mood?
What are the two main settings in the short story "Miss Brill," and how do they directly contribute to character presentation and plot development?
In Katherine Mansfield's short story titled "Miss Brill," how do Miss Brill's observations of the people around her give us insight into her own character?
Based upon information in the text and through informed speculation, what does Miss Brill look like in Katherine Mansfield's story "Miss Brill"?
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