English and Literature
Submitted By lydia
“Miss Brill,” written by Katherine Mansfield in 1922, introduces readers to a lonely woman who talks to herself, who imagines herself as an actress, and whose only friend in life seems to be her fur. Even though we see these actions, we as readers can understand the life or situations of Miss Brill. Through Mansfield's use of point of view, characterization, and plot development, Miss Brill is portrayed as an elderly woman whom is happy and satisfied with her life.
By telling the story from the third person Mansfield allows the reader to know Miss Brill's perceptions and to understand that those perceptions are (what?). Miss Brill's view of the world on this Sunday afternoon in early autumn is the setting and we are invited to share in her pleasure of watching people. And yet, because the point of view is the third person (that is, told from the outside), we are also able to see Miss Brill for who she really is: Miss Brill is just a lonely old woman with nothing better to do than watch other people and make up their lives in her head. Knowing her thoughts and seeing her actions, the reader can see Miss Brill as someone who just needs a friend.
Mansfield reveals Miss Brill to us by telling us what Miss Brill does and thinks, but we never hear what she says to other people because she does not have a relationship with these people. She doesn't really know anyone because she characterizes these people by the clothes they wear: She thinks that two woman were pleasant because they wore funny hats, she thought that the Englishmen’s wife was stubborn because nothing would satisfy her and she thought that a couple was in love because how nicely they dressed .She believes all these people are __________ and _________ performing in ___________ for her benefit. However, it appears that they to the reader that they are oblivious to her existence. Some of…...