Katherine Mansfield 's Miss Brill

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In Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” she illustrates a sanctimonious older female whom at the conclusion of the story understands the true definition of the ancient saying, “treat people the way you would like to be treated”. Correspondingly, in Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” she exhibits the true meaning of “love” and how it along with courage can help you conquer any obstacle or dilemma you may encounter. With this in mind, the protagonists in each story allocate modest similarities, there are likewise compelling differences to be contemplated. Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” protagonist, Miss Brill, portrayed as an educated, older Caucasian female in France, seems to the reader to be alone, deranged, and miserable with an extensive imagination. Mansfield does not say whether Miss Brill is married or not; however, the reader would assume she is not married 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 does not even believe that 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” protagonist, Phoenix Jackson, portrays an uneducated, older African American female in Mississippi, who is alone in her journey, but is not alone on a regular basis. Jackson is possibly unbalanced as a result of her not remembering the reason for her long and dangerous trip after she gets to her destination. However, her trip is based solely on “love”, the love Jackson has for her grandson who is sick at home. Jackson lacks book s... ... middle of paper ... ... age and disrespected her whole journey she takes the journey anyway. She is a heroine proving love conquers all. Although throughout Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill”, the protagonist, was pretentious with a false sense of self-importance. Mansfield proved no matter how egotistic and pompous a person thinks, no one wants to hear someone talking in regards to them negatively. For the reader’s opinion of “Miss Brill”, the moral of the story is to 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 epilogue of this story is love conquers all, never underestimate anyone, and always believe in yourself.
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