Miss Brill essay - The short story Miss Brill by Katherine...

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The short story Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield represents how damaging the truth can be by using figurative language to display the mood and characterization of Miss Brill as she discovers the harsh truth about herself in her everyday life. In the first eleven paragraphs of the story Miss Brill is described as an older woman who enjoys to the Jardins Publiques every Sunday. Mansfield demonstrates the mood through Miss Brill’s observations of the people and general world around her. For example, when she hears “a little chain of bright drops” in the music “[lifts] her head and smiles”, or when she considers herself to be an actress in the “play”. Unfortunately, the happiness and sense of belonging she gains from visiting the park is destroyed when the young couple sits beside her on her “special seat” and insult her, asking why she even bothers showing up when “no one wants her”. At this
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