Review and Character Analysis of Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

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The character, Miss Brill, lives in a fantasy world that hides her aging and loneliness. Throughout the story denial of the character is depicted through her actions and interactions with others. Miss Brill spends her Sunday afternoon seated on a park bench. She watches others around her and pretends that they are all actors in a play; this vividly expresses Miss Brill's fantasy and denial, as do other importances in the story. In, "Miss Brill", Mansfield creates an elderly character that lives in a fantasy world. Miss Brill is a character of familiarity and routine. Each Sunday she spends the afternoon in the park watching and listening in on others lives. Knowing the details and flaws in others, as well as her surroundings, boosts…show more content…
But the old couple did not move; much less speak to each other. Miss Brill then started spectating the people around her and judging every little thing they did. This made her happy, which opened the gate to her fantasy world. Miss Brill and the Ermine Toque are two old ladies that are lonely and searching for life. Miss Brill goes to the park every Sunday and sits on the same bench by herself. She is alone on the bench eavesdropping and judging all the people that pass by. The Ermine Toque meets up with a man in the park and "so pleased to see him" . . . (272). "But he shook his head, lighted a cigarette, slowly breathed a great puff into her face" (272). She was left standing alone just like Miss Brill. Yet she kept smiling, then waved to someone else and went on about her business. Miss Brill and the Ermine Toque do not get upset or sad because they do not want unhappy feelings in their fantasy worlds. In this story, Miss Brill has a fur which she wears around her. She is trying to hide her true self behind the fur. When she took the fur out of the box she had to "[give] it a good brush, and [rub] the life back into the dim little eyes" (271). The fur symbolizes Miss Brill in a way. They both live in a "cupboard", and Miss Brill is trying to rub life back into herself. She is trying to find life and romance again, just like the fur finding life again. While Miss Brill is

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