Mrs. Brill

Length: 2 Pages 456 Words

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 Continue...


Brill herself views the world and, second, it helps the reader take the same journey of as Miss. Even thought she does not know it, her cruel comments are ironic. Brill's perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about other people in the park. As a result of the descriptive point of view, we can get in to Miss. Her sudden awareness caused her a great deal of pain. Brill is close to understanding her situation and might get back in touch with reality. She likes having a since of belonging, and said someone would have noticed if she hadn't been there. This mood-darkening ending shows that Miss. Her awareness is brought about by disparaging remarks of young lovers who refer to her as, "that stupid old thing,(p ) and to her treasured fur as, " a fried whiting ( ). We find out that she is in fact describing herself. She is her own narrator, watching people around her and filling in their thoughts to create stories to amuse her self.