Miss Brill Short Story Analysis

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George Saunders once said, “When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you” (Quote). This quote is absolutely relatable because short stories are filled with wisdom and advice that one can typically compare their own life circumstances to. Short stories can have multiple life lessons hidden within the text, requiring the reader to dig deeper and reread the story until the messages are clear. While reading them, it is important to try and identify the point of view, plot, character, setting, and theme within the piece. This will help you relate to the story on an exceptional level, and will give you insight on what the author is trying to convey. With all of these elements in mind, you will be able to relate to the story on a more personal level, and will ultimately get more out of it. One short story that I was able to relate to in a sense was, “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield. After studying this short story extensively, I realized that the character, Miss Brill, is someone that I can relate to. Miss Brill is the main character in this story and she is very independent and individualized. I find myself to relate to her in this sense because of her characteristics and personality traits. “She had become really quite expert, she thought, at listening as though she didn’t listen, at sitting in other people’s lives just for a minute while they talked around her” (Meyer 317). She enjoys to listen in on other

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