"Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield

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In the story, "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield we see the main idea of "Miss Brill" suffering from the pain of loneliness, and her attempts to experience life through the experiences of total stranger that actually reflects her life. Miss Brill life is not told to you straight but is revealed slowly by the example given from the story. We see Miss Brill seeking for love and compassion by her rubbing her fur tenderly and taking good care of the fur" rubbed the life into the dim little eyes" (p.252). She also considers herself as one of the family members of the music band. "It was like some one playing with only the family to listen (p.252). She here imagines she has a family, which she actually does not. She was also an expert at eavesdropping her ears at other people's lives. It means she was lonely and had nothing to do. I think she is envious to the couples at the park because the women had men companion and she did not. Maybe because she was hard to please and none of the men impresses her. We do not know really much about Miss Brill only that she is a lonely woman who is not committed to anyone we know this because from her name miss brill and a miss stands for a lady that is single. However, there is a clue that leads us to one of miss brills observation about the "odd, silent, nearly all old people, and from the way they stared they looked as though they'd just come from dark little rooms or even – even cupboards!"(p.253), these are the people who she sees at the park, which really reflect her at the end of the story because her room was described as "the little dark room-her room like a cupboard"(p.252). When Miss Brill realizes at the end that she is unwanted from the couple's conversation, she comes to aware that she is living a lie and joking at herself by her life was like a play. Miss Brill comes back to reality and knows that she is unwanted by society. She than decide to leave the park with at least some dignity and goes straight to home...
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