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Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill Essay

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Illusion vs. Reality in Miss Brill "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield is set the Jardins Publiques at France. Each Sunday Miss Brill looks forward to getting dressed up and seeing the playground, where she enjoys people watching. Her weekly visits to the playground are undoubtedly the highlight of her week, bringing her great joy and satisfaction. There are lots of illusions in this story, in this short article I intend to show three distinct illusions Miss Brill uses to make herself happy and how her truth is shattered at the conclusion of the story by a chance remark. Miss Brill's very first illusion is her fur, which she thinks of being living. Mansfield writes, "Dear little thing! . And rubbed back the life to the dim little eyes. 'What has been happening to me'" (Mansfield 121). Miss Brill sees the fur as being living when she squeezes the fur back to life and as soon as the fur speaks . There is further evidence of Miss Brill's illusion when she refers to the fur as a "Small rouge! . She could have taken it off and laid it on her lap and stroked it"(121). Through Miss Brills actions, it seems almost as if she thinks of this fur as a pet. The reality is the fur isn't alive and it cannot speak nor possess life rubbed back in to it. Miss Brill's second illusion is that through her observations and eavesdropping she believes that she has many relations with the external world. Mansfield writes,." . . For Miss Brill always looked forward to the dialogue. She had become really quite proficient, she thought, at listening as though she didn't listen, at sitting in other people's lives only for a minute while they talked around her" (122). For instance, she's let down from the couple she's sitting next to on the seat because "They did not speak" (122);...

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