Miss Brill Denial Essay

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Unconsciously in denial When I think of the word irony, I think of the story of Miss Brill. This is about a woman who lives in a beautiful city with a quite outspoken population, yet does not have many friends at all. Even though she goes out on Sunday afternoon seeing life as if it is a play or art piece she is taking place in, she is unaware that she is just an unfortunate soul rather than a star role. The story starts with in Miss Brill’s room when she has just taken out what is left of an old fox fur, taking much excitement towards it, a bit too much. It is obvious that the character of Miss Brill is overbearing, while being formal and overall lonely. Mansfield portrays the characterization very soon and very thoroughly, for instance; “Miss Brill was glad that she had decided on her fur" (Mansfield 309). This example alone provided the idea that Miss Brill is a creepy, lonesome, yet optimistic woman whose behavior is completely in denial of these things. She talks to her fur as if it is a loyal pet rather than an article of clothing. From that being said, it implies that she does not have much money, though it is possible that she had money at one point in time. We gather from these facts that her clothing, features and overall…show more content…
The author expresses her writing by explaining the weather that could also be a description of an elaborate landscape painting. "Although it was so brilliantly fine - the blue sky powdered with gold and the great spots of light like white wine splashed over the Jardins Publiques" (309). By using metaphors to explain the scenery of this day captured in the story, she makes the setting well understood without stressing them by drawing out its significance. Many times Mansfield uses the two plus two method in this story. It is easy to say that the diction is formal English in this story. Miss Brill is also portrayed using proper

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