The Theme Of Miss Brill Essay

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Anh VuProfessor Melody FowlerENGL-1302September 26, 2014The Theme of Loneliness in "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield"Miss Brill" is one of the most famous fictions that were written by Katherine Mansfield in the early 1920s. The main character was mentioned in this story named Miss Brill. She can be described as a widowed old woman that spent all those last years of her life in the isolation and loneliness. She kept doing the same thing every weekend, putting on her fur, going to the park, sitting on the same bench, watching and listening over people's conversations. The image of Miss Brill in Mansfield's story reflects the truth about the relationship among people in this current society. Unfortunately, this modern society doesn't seem to have enough places for everyone. When those people like Miss Brill getting older without the caring of their relatives, they live alone, friendless and almost ignored. Miss Brill of Katherine Mansfield is a concrete example that illustrates the implied message of the author about loneliness, illusion and the gap between the illusion and reality.At the beginning of the story, we can realize that Miss Brill lives alone and nobody except her fur is her closet friend. Fur is stated for the non-living thing. She does not have any friends even a pet. We can feel and sympathy for her loneliness. She takes her fur and goes to the park every weekend to get out of the loneliness from her dark room which she calls "cupboards". She sits on the same bench and watches through people's conversations. She keeps doing the same things week by week because it gives her the feeling of connection with the other people despite in the fact there is no connection or real communication that happened. "They did not speak. This was disappointing for Miss Brill always looked forward to the conversation," (Mansfield, 241). No one spoke, even when more people came to the park such as the old couple, an Englishman and his wife, and those children running around, etc. In this situation, how lonely and disappointed she was when she still sat there but seemed like an unseen person. She is also considered as an old lonely woman without the caring of love and human companionship.Sometimes, when people reach to the extremeness of loneliness, they cover themselves in their own illusion and this is how Miss Brill altered her perception of reality to avoid facing to her unexpected life. At the beginning of the story when Miss Brill decided to take her fur with her, she imaged that if her fur was a pet and "she could have taken it off and laid it on her lap and stroked it" (Mansfield, 241). We can realize that Miss Brill is very lonely and she wants to have someone to take care of her or someone that can give her the feeling of a family. In order to escape from the loneliness, she...

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