Character Analysis Of Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill

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Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” protagonist, Miss Brill, portrays an educated, older white Caucasian female in France, seems to the reader to be alone, deranged, and miserable with an extensive imagination. Mansfield doesn’t say if Miss Brill is married or not; however, the reader would assume she isn’t due to how lonely she is. The only time Miss Brill gets to interact with people is on Sundays when she goes to the park to eavesdrop and “supposedly” listen to the band play. She is so deranged that she doesn’t even assume eavesdropping is wrong. She has lost all touch reality, imagining she is a lead actress in a play which in actuality is she was in a play her role would be minimized to an extra. However, in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path…show more content…
The conversation seems as though it confirms her biggest fear. She was possibly rich at one point in her life, although she can’t quite come to grasps with not having money. The reader assumes she is poor because she lives in “a dark room-like a cupboard”, meaning she lives, possibly in a small either boarding room or a modest one bedroom apartment, however, she has a condescension with reference to herself. Miss Brill is not only narcissistic but also has a great deal of vulgarity to herself, although in reality she was a social outcast. On the other hand, Jackson is an uneducated wise woman, who is very family oriented, stubborn, selfless, manipulative, religious woman. Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” takes place in a racist time era where, persons of Caucasian decent were considered to be superior to the African American race. Jackson uses this theory to her ability, and example of this is her leaving the house with no money and by the conclusion of the story has ten cents, which in that time period was enough to buy her grandson a toy for…show more content…
Mansfield proved no matter how egotistic and pompous a person is, no one wants to hear someone talking in regards to them negatively. In the reader of “Miss Brill” opinion, the moral of the story is treat others the way they would like to be treated. On the contrary in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path”, though the protagonist’s journey was considered dangerous and ludicrous, Phoenix Jackson still made her journey. She was able to get her grandson’s medicine and also buy him a toy, due to the ignorance of others. The apologue of this story is love conquers all, never underestimate anyone, and always believe in

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