Mrs. Brill

             In the short story, “Miss. Brill”, written by Katherine Mansfield, a Sunday after noon is spent with an elderly woman during her weekly ritual of visiting a park. The main character, Mrs. Brill, enjoys her habitual outing to hear the band play and soak in the atmosphere, but most of all she relishes the chance to sit in on the lived of others by listening and watching. Katherine Mansfield's theme in “Miss Brill”, conveyed through characterization, irony, and point of view, is that people who do not communicate with real people and act in the real world can get out of touch with reality. This can lead to their own pain.
             The point of view that the author chose in the story serves two purposes. First, it illustrated how Miss. Brill herself views the world and, second, it helps the reader take the same journey of as Miss. Brill. The story is written in a third person omniscient (although limited) point of view. Miss. Brill also interprets the world around her in a similar fashion. She is her own narrator, watching people around her and filling in their thoughts to create stories to amuse her self. This internalized third person point of view is taken even further when she decides that the park and everyone in it is like a play. Not only is she watching the people around her, she believes that she has a part in the play as an actress. She likes having a since of belonging, and said ”someone would have noticed if she hadn’t been there.”
             As a result of the descriptive point of view, we can get in to Miss. Brill’s perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about other people in the park. She describes a select few as being “ odd silent, nearly all odd, and from the way they stared they look as though they’d just come from dark little rooms or even-even cupboards.” Even thought she does not know it, her cruel comments are ironic. We find out that she is in fact describing herself. Her awareness is brought about by dispar...

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