Miss brill Book Report

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miss brill

Miss Brill: Point of View The narrator in the story "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield,
is telling us this story in the third person singular perspective. Our narrator is a
non-participant and we learn no details about this person, from a physical sense. Nothing
to tell us whether it is a friend of Miss Brill, a relative, or just someone watching.
Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill comes alive from the descriptions we get from this
anonymous person. The narrator uses limited omniscience while telling us about this
beautiful Sunday afternoon. By this I mean the narrator has a great insight into Miss
Brill's perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and into her world as a whole, but no real
insight into any of the other characters in this story. By using this point of view, we
see the world through the eyes of Miss Brill, and feel her emotions, even though this
third party is telling us the story. This beautiful fall afternoon in France unfolds
before our eyes because of the pain-staking details given to us by the narrator. We aren't
told many things straight out, but the details are such that we can feel the chill coming
into the air and see the leaves of fall drifting to the earth. The figurative language
that is used is superb from beginning to end. The imagination and detail made me see what
was happening and hear the band play. The characters in the park are observed through the
eyes of Miss Brill, and we learn bits of information of those who catch her eye. The
detail of the observations that Miss Brill makes can be fully realized by turning to
anywhere in this story and starting to read. As a reader, you get caught up in the story
and lose the fact that there is a narrator. The details as told, seem to be coming
directly from Miss Brill at times. The narrator gets us settled into the park with Miss
Brill and tells us that she sees those around her as "odd, silent, nearly all old, and
from the way they stared they looked as though they'd just come from dark little rooms or
even-even cupboards!" This tells me that Miss Brill sees herself differently than she sees
others, not odd or funny. She is a part of all this life and activity at the park! An
actor in the grand play and "somebody would have noticed if she hadn't been there." She
really loved to be out with others and thought that she was very much a part of the world
and not apart from it. Don't we all feel this way? Some people are truly introverted and
care little of interacting, but I think the majority of us strive to become part of the
world and at times feel like this life is one big drama and we have a big part. Our role
might only be important for one scene, but we feel like the leading man or woman at times.
The narrator leads us to what appears to be a fitting climax; a crescendo of music and
song, with all players involved. Miss Brill's dreams of this were quickly shattered. The
comments by the young people, "Why does she come here at all-who wants her? Why doesn't
she keep her silly mug at home?" leaves Miss Brill with the cold realization that she is
in fact like the odd, old people that she watches in the park. She hurries home, not even
stopping at the bakery, which was part of her usual Sunday ritual. She retreats to her
"little dark room-her room like a cupboard", as she had described earlier as where these
odd folks probably lived. She was now faced with the grim fact that she wasn't a grand
player at all. She would not be missed if she didn't show up. She really is one of those
people on the bench watching the world go by. As she puts her fur away and the narrator
tells us "when she put the lid on she thought she heard something crying", I feel like
life will never be the same for Miss Brill. The fur knows it might not be going out for a
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