A Tale Of Loneliness And Imagination Essay

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A Tale of Loneliness and Imagination
Nothing could be more embarrassing than being taunted at the point when one does not feel good about themselves. Well, this happens to many people, and it happened to Miss Brill too. To those who are unaware of who Miss Brill is, she is the main character in the short story “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield. She works as an English teacher at a school in France and enjoys going to the theater every Sunday. Although there are many highlights in the short story, the interplay between the character of Miss Brill and the overall effect and meaning of the short story is something of interest to literary enthusiasts who read the story. Taking everything into account, Miss Brill’s eccentric and escapist character plays an important role in developing the plot and in bringing out the themes discussed in the short story.
As a person, Miss Brill is eccentric. From her choice of clothes to her choice of leisure, Miss Brill appears different. For example, the author has this to say about the fur that she chose to wear on this particular Sunday: “Miss Brill put up her hand and touched her fur. Dear little thing! It was nice to feel it again. She had taken it out of its box that afternoon, shaken out the moth-powder, given it a good brush, and rubbed the life back into the dim little eyes” (Mansfield 309). The oddity of this little gesture is magnified by the admiration that Miss Brill seems to express for the piece of cloth.
Her keen attention to…

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