Essay on Katherine Mansfield 's Miss Brill

798 Words Feb 17th, 2015 4 Pages
In Katherine Mansfield “Miss Brill” and Flannery O’Connor “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” the reader is shown the lives of two elderly women living in to different worlds that display two archetypes of elderly women. Both Miss Brill and The Grandmother are coping with the fact of their age and the struggles with getting older. Through the authors language, imagery, and plot , it becomes clear to the reader that Miss Brill is the positive archetype of aging and adjusting with a positive life. In Katherine Mansfield “Miss Brill”the scene displayed is a very happy one. Mansfield uses positive imagery to display the idea of a happy content life. “Little children ran among them, swooping and laughing; little boys with bit white silk bows under their chins, little girls little French dolls, dressed up in velvet and lace.” The park is described as a happy place that Miss Brill fully immerses herself in. “Oh, how fascinating it was! How she enjoyed it! How she loved sitting here, watching it all! It was like a play. It was exactly like a play!” Its a better life that she can be apart of and its bright and full of life. Miss Brill is happy,outgoing, and creative. She’s not out yelling at kids, or trying to manipulate making her the positive archetype of aging. out in the world and does not need to have a cat, control, be prideful in order to be content shown through the imagery. The language in “ Miss Brill” helps the reader further understand the struggles Miss Brill is going…

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