Katherine Mansfield 's Miss Brill Essay

1360 Words Nov 6th, 2016 6 Pages
“Miss Brill” exerts the pain, loneliness, and worthless attempts of lonely people that would like to experience life through the presents of others. The significance of the character’s, history, and background express many story ideas. The historical background is very important because it gives a sense of the story’s setting, and what may have occurred at that time. Characters express different thoughts of other characters, purposes, interactions, and relationships. These elements define the story of “Miss Brill”. Through this story, a woman sees and perceives her life as somewhat important, and as perfect as everyone else. She is lonely, although she does not realize it, but the lack of realization causes her to distort the world around her.
Katherine Mansfield has truly shown the suffering pain that Miss Brill has experienced over time, but Miss Brill seems to not have the correct mind set. Mansfield describes Miss Brill as a lonely, isolated, English school teacher that prefers to wear a fur necklet. She describes the setting in France and places Miss Brill would like to visit. When the era is examined, it shows that the story is set in France in the 1920’s. During this time, many different events occurred, and it also affected the different countries at the time. Many women were known as flappers. They developed new hairstyles and a new sense of fashion. Developments of different hairstyles such as short bobbed hair, became very popular during this time. According to…

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