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Miss Brill

Essay on Miss Brill The story “Miss Brill” is an extremely good example of how a writer can use different fictional aspect to bring about an understanding of her. Miss Brill can be analyzed by examining the character, the symbolism, and the theme of the story. The narrator is telling us the story in the third person singular perspective. Our narrator is a non-participant, which we learn no details about from a physical sense. Miss Brill comes alive from the description we get from this anonymous person. “Authors present their character either directly or indirectly. In direct presentation they tell us straight out; by exposition or analysis, what the character are like, or they have another character in the story describe them. In indirect presentation the author shows us the character through their action; we determine what they are like by what they say or do” (169).In the story the author uses indirect presentation to allow the reader to create his or her own opinion of Miss Brill. She is described as a woman who lives in a small house, somewhat the size of a cupboard and that she is living in a state of false consciousness. Miss Brill struggles with her loneliness and lack of reality, while living vicariously through others. Loneliness plays an extremely large part of Miss Brill’s life and can be proven from the story. For instance, “Miss Brill was glad she had decided on her fur…Miss Brill put up her hand and touched her fur. Dear little thing! It was so nice to feel it again. She had taken it out of the box that afternoon, shaken out the moth powder, given it a good brush, and rubbed like back into the dim little eyes” (182). This shows that Miss Brill had developed a friendship with the fur and after it had been put up for a while she is concerned on how it is. She referred to it as “dear” and in her perspective the fur has “sad little eyes” (182), instead of glass ones. In addition, in Miss Brill’...

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