Conflict in Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

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PART II: CONFLICT IN “MISS BRILL” Katherine Mansfield’s short story “Miss Brill” outlines an old woman’s lack of understanding for a world that she observes so intimately. The story is told from the point of view of an aging insignificant character, who on this particular Sunday is cruelly forced to see herself in a different light. This essay will study Miss Brill’s forced development, and the conflict(s) she must face in …

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…Miss Brill’s development is minimal, even after her little rude awakening in the park. In the story’s descriptive beginning, she wanders around somewhat aimlessly playing her role as the observer. At the mood-darkening end Miss Brill still appears to be an observer, but this time one that is close to understanding her own hopeless situation. This time much closer to the truth than earlier the same day. Bibliography miss brill by Katherine mansfield