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Miss Brill

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

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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Miss Brill Theme

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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Of what importance to the story is the woman in the ermine toque?

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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Why does the main character in the story "Miss Brill" enjoy her Sundays in the park?  

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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How old is Miss Brill? What are her circumstances? Why does she listen in on conversations?

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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Identify and explain three literary devices used in Katherine Mansfield's short story "Miss Brill."

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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What is the point of view of the story "Miss Brill?

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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What does the story's ending reveal about what Miss Brill realizes? short story

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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In "Miss Brill," what explanations might there be for Miss Brill's thinking, in the last line of the story, that she...

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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Describe the character of Miss Brill in "Miss Brill."

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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What kind of conflict is shown in "Ms. Brill"?  

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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What nationality is Miss Brill in Katherine Mansfield's short story? What is the setting of the story? Why is it...

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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Does Miss Brill come to a realization about her life and habits, or does she manage to suppress the truths that have...

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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What is the mood of "Miss Brill" up until the very end?

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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What function does Miss Brill's fur play in the story and can it be called a character?

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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What does Miss Brill do every Sunday in "Miss Brill?"

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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What would be a good theme to analyze from "Miss Brill"?

Katherine Mansfield's short story "Miss Brill" is a depiction of life for an older woman named, not surprisingly, Miss Brill. One key theme in this story is that of isolation. She is a quaint...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 9:18 am UTC

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Miss Brill Symbolism

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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What is the mood, setting, and plot of "Miss Brill"?

"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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What is the purpose of the fox fur piece? What is the source of the crying in the final sentence of the story?

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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What is a quote from Mansfield's "Miss Brill" that shows that Miss Brill is lonely?

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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In "Miss Brill," what does Miss Brill enjoy about her Sunday afternoons?

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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In Katherine Mansfield's short story titled "Miss Brill," how do Miss Brill's observations of the people around her...

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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Miss Brill Setting

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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What figurative language is used in "Miss Brill"?

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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What's a good thesis statement for an analysis of the theme of isolation and loneliness in "Miss Brill" and Trifles?

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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What nationality is Miss Brill?

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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What details about the life of Miss Brill do we learn from the story ?

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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What is the high point in the story?  

"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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What is the nature  of Ms Brill's character in "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield? 

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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What is the conflict in "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield?

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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What is a good thesis statment for "Miss Brill"?

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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Can you provide me the plot diagram description of the short story "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield?

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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How does Miss Brill's character change from the beginning to the end of the story?

What changes in Miss Brill is her self-perception, a perception symbolized with the fur necklet that she inspects after pulling it from its box. "'What has been happening to me?' said the sad...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2015 7:20 am UTC

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In "Miss Brill," why does Miss Brill think of the fur as a "little rogue"?

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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Why did Miss Brill pass by the baker's shop that day with out buying the slice of honey cake?

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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How do the young lovers hurt Miss Brill?

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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Based on the ending of the story, is Miss Brill's characterization round or flat in Mansfield's "Miss Brill"?

Characterization begins at the initial introduction of a character into a story, and the characterization of Miss Brill is no exception. From the beginning, Mansfield presents Miss Brill as a...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2012 8:31 pm UTC

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What is Miss Brill's self-image and what attitude does she have towards herself?

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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What details in the story suggest that Miss Brill might be having some health problems and might even be reaching the...

Our first clue that Miss Brill might be having some health problems is the fact that, as she walked her to park, "She felt a tingling in her hands and arms [...]." This isn't a particularly normal...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 12:50 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the character of Miss Brill in "Miss Brill" with the character of Emily Grierson in “A Rose for...

The similarities between Miss Brill and Miss Emily Grierson stem from the fact that the two women are examples of extreme isolation and its effects on the psyche, and the spirit, of those who...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017 9:41 pm UTC

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

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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What details can you infer about Miss Brill from the quote: "She had become really quite expert...talked round her"?

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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Why the name "Brill" is chosen in "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield?

I would add to the existing educator comments the fact that, while "Brill" is a real, although relatively uncommon, name in the United Kingdom, the word "brill" at the time of Mansfield's writing...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018 11:14 am UTC

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What is the style used by Mansfield in her story "Miss Brill"?  

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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Consider Miss Brill's fantasies. What do they reveal about her needs and fears?

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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Describe the scene in which the action in Miss Brill occurs? 

The scene in Miss Brill is extremely important to the story. Every Sunday, Miss Brill goes to a nearby park to people watch. She is an extremely lonely woman, yet is completely unaware of how sad...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2016 3:27 am UTC

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Where in the story does it say Miss Brill is an English teacher?

The relevant line in the story comes when Miss Brill explains why she always heads out to the park for the weekly "performance" every Sunday, when all the bit players in her little drama gather...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 8:18 am UTC

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What are the two main settings in the short story "Miss Brill," and how do they directly contribute to character...

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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Miss Brill's sense of herself is at least partly based on her attitudes toward others. What are instances of this...

Miss Brill, who lives a single and solitary life, finds a sense of fulfillment in her acts of observing and critiquing others at the Jardins Publiques [Public Gardens] where she "sit[s] in other...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015 10:09 am UTC

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