Epiphany In Miss Brill

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As the story “Miss Brill” begins, Miss Brill comes across as a woman who has a childlike mind and is isolated from others around. She sits on a bench in the Jardins Publiques and her imagination makes the people around her become characters in the “play”. By the end of the short story “Miss Brill” it is shown that she doesn’t have an epiphany. An epiphany is “usually a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something. An intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure. Also known as a revealing scene or moment” ( I believe Miss Brill fails to come to the realization of her isolation and loneliness.
The first indication Miss Brill doesn’t reach an epiphany was her childlike mind, and that is because to Miss Brill the fur is a person. She cherishes and speaks to the scarf as if it is a person. She says phrases like “Dear little thing”(82), “What has happened to me”(82), and “... Little Rogue”(82). Her interactions with the fur helps her feel as if she isn’t lonely. The fox fur gives her company and allows her to have a form of interaction that she doesn’t have with the people who she sees in the park on her Sunday mornings. The fur is a distraction from Miss Brill's loneliness and her sense of isolation. It allows for her to be unaware of her life and what it has come to. The fur is one of her few cover-ups to mask her from

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