Symbolism : Miss Brill, By Katherine Mansfield Essay

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The short story, “Miss Brill,” by Katherine Mansfield is set in post-World War I in France. The story is about a lonely woman who goes to the Jardins Publiques every Sunday to listen to people’s conversations. When a young couple arrives and shares Miss Brill’s bench, she overhears them talking about her in a rude way. By hearing the rude things they were talking about her; she doesn’t go to the bakery as usual, but instead she goes straight home to her dark room. There are many literary devices: irony, simile, metaphor, alliteration, and personification. In the short story, “Miss Brill,” by Katherine Mansfield; symbolism is the most important literary device.
Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant from their literal sense. Symbolism adds depth and meaning to a story. Katherine Mansfield uses fur to symbolize Miss Brill, her emotions, and her life. In the first sentence of paragraph one, “Although it was so brilliantly fine - the blue sky powdered with gold and great spots of light like white wine splashed over the Jardins Publiques - Miss Brill was glad that she had decided on her fur.” Miss Brill brings her fur to the Jardins Publiques (Public Garden) every Sunday with her. The fur is like a friend because she keeps the fur close to her. Miss Brill calls her fur, “Little rogue.”
The box is mention at the beginning and the end of the short story. The author uses box…

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