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Miss Brill Analysis

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The story shows a character full of loneliness. There is no literally exposed information that she has a psychological issue; however, it is evident that the main character of the story has a problem of severe diffidence. Furthermore, the fact that she is an alien, meaning that she does not belong to the place she lives in, gets things more knotty for her. However, Miss Brill is apparently happy. She enjoys her fictional happiness with a very predictable and regular routine. She spends a few hours in the park on Sundays, and on the way back “home“, she stops at the baker’s to have a honeycake. So far, nothing wrong with Miss Brill; yet, voyeurism and eavesdropping are essential activities for a fully-pleasant Sunday afternoon park adventure for her. Throughout the story, Mansfield develops some details and incidents that show how those two eccentric activities that Miss Brill enjoys are evident proof and consequences of her extreme shyness. Voyeurism is defined, according to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, as a psychosexual disorder in which a person derives sexual pleasure and gratification from looking at the naked bodies and genital organs or observing the sexual acts of others. Although Mansfield never gives any explicit clue revealing Miss Brill as a voyeur, the last episode on the story conveys that impression. Perhaps product of her lonely life, but also it is a clear indicator of her shyness. Watching somebody without interacting at all is definitively an action that represents a high degree of diffidence.

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