The Short Story "Ms. Brill" Was A Depiction Of The Woman Alone.

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MISS BRILLPrepared forL. CuddihyEnglish 122 InstructorPrepared bySean BrabeauEnglish 122 StudentMacomb Community CollegeFebruary 19, 2003Sean BrabeauL. CuddihyEnglish 12219 February 2003"Miss Brill""Miss Brill" is a story about the simple things in life. A person over there, someone over here; there is always something interesting happening in this crazy world we live in. The character Miss Brill is an old woman who is a school teacher that spends her Sundays doing the most worthwhile activity that an elderly woman could do in that day in age; enjoying the day in the park. She is always quite content, it seems, to be by herself and to deal with the cards that were dealt to her. There is really no other emphasis on any other character besides Miss Brill. In this short story by Katherine Mansfield, Miss Brill is a dynamic/round character who depicts the theme of the women alone. The idea behind this story is to look at life from different angles, just like how Miss Brill did in the story. She evolves very slowly during the time that she is in the town square.First and foremost, this is the basic plot of the story. It starts out on a slightly chilly day in which you would need a jacket to go outside. Miss Brill takes her fur out of the box she kept it in all summer. Then she heads out to the Public Gardens and takes a seat on her bench. I say her bench because she sits there every single Sunday. Across the way was the band that played there every week. Miss Brill knew the band very well even though she never spoke to them. During the first session of the band, Miss Brill notices the same couple that sits next to her. She thinks to herself that the couple looks like statues. Miss Brill was a very observant person. She thinks and judges to herself about everyone she sees. The one thing that surprises me is that she really isn't mean about it. Miss Brill was just a people watcher and a very intriguing person. Unfortunately, this is a very short story of about four pages so we as readers are given very little to work with. The ending of the story strikes a chord in Miss Brill. She is ridiculed and mimicked by two young teenagers who are in love. This is what was said by the two lovebirds."No, not now," said the girl. "Not here, I can't.""But why? Because of that stupid old thing at the end there?" Asked the boy. "Why does she come here at all - who wants her? Why doesn't she keep her silly old mug at home?""It's her fu-fur which is so funny," Giggled the girl. "It's exactly like a fried whiting.""Ah, be off with you!" said the boy in an angry whisper. Then: "Tell me, my petite cherie -""No, not here," said the girl. "Not yet." (122-123)This shows that the couple was bothered by an elderly person. Miss Brill felt like the only person in the world without anyone because throughout the entire story she is constantly reminded that she is alone and brittle. In addition, the fact that there are symbolic images during the story reflects the time and age it...

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