Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

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Character Analysis of Miss Brill In the short story “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield, the author uses various ways to fully characterize Miss Brill, and in doing so reveals the many sides and complexity of her character. It is difficult to understand Miss Brill because she does not understand herself. Miss Brill's given name is never mentioned since she has no friends who would use it. However, at the beginning of the story she is blissfully happy with her life and situation. She has compensated for her isolation by sitting in on the lives of other people. She tries to make her life more interesting by listening in on other people’s conversations. “She had become really quite expert, she thought, at listening as though she didn’t

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