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Cloud Judgement In Miss Brill

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Judgements Cloud Judgements: Analysis of “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield and “A&P” by John Updike Everyone knows that emotions cloud judgements; but in the case of these two short stories, judgements also cloud judgements. In the short fiction stories “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield and “A&P” by John Updike, we see how judging others can interfere with our perception of the world. Both authors write characters whose lives fall apart because of their obscured views. In the first short story, “Miss Brill”, Katherine Mansfield presents her character, Miss Brill, as a lonely and delusional old woman. Her Sunday routine consists of visiting the Jardins Publiques, and observing and judging people as though her life was a play. Miss Brill spends much of her time analyzing other people’s behavior and appearances, and then using this information to judge their character. Proof of this is when she notices a woman and a man meeting in front of her, and then describes the woman as “an ermine toque…her hair, her face, even her eyes, was the same colour as the shabby ermine, and her hand, in its cleaned glove, lifted to dab her lips, was a tiny yellowish paw,” (Mansfield, 3). In this moment, Miss Brill uses clothing and appearance to define the woman. By using this as the only descriptor, the author is implying that Miss Brill views clothing as important and defining for a person’s character as position in society. Additionally, Mansfield often writes in absolutes by using
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