Character in order of appearance Miss Brill's Description and Feelings Toward Comparison to Miss Brill The old couple on the bench she presently sits next to The other people on the benches and green chairs The woman in the ermine toque The man with the long whiskers Is Miss Brill aware of her similarities to these people? Possibly, but Miss Brill would never consider this. She spends her time eavesdropping and fantasizing about her surroundings. English Composition 1 Discussion Questions for Mansfield Stories The following questions on the assigned short stories by Katherine Mansfield, and your responses to them, should help you generate ideas for Essay Assignment 2. Mansfield's Make sure to use specific supporting evidence from the story, including quotations, as you respond to the questions below. There are hints in the story that self-awareness not to mention self-pity is something Miss Brill avoids, not something of which she is incapable. We see that Miss Brill is living vicariously, not so much through the lives of others, but through their performances as Miss Brill interprets them.
By telling the story from the third-person limited omniscient , Mansfield allows us both to share Miss Brill's perceptions and to recognize that those perceptions are highly romanticized. In addition, even though the reader gains access into her thoughts, those thoughts never make mention of family members or any intimate friendships. In reality, Miss Brill is a part of nothing. But is she really so childlike, or is she, in fact, a kind of actress? Finally, just like the fur comes out for a bit, before being returned to its box, Miss Brill also seems to leave her home for a bit only to return to her lonely room; shut away from the world just as lonely as before she left. What is her mood at the end? Secretly, Miss Brill likes to eavesdrop on people's conversations. What parts of the story support this interpretation? Miss Brill starts to view everything she observes on Sundays in the form of a beautifully choreographed theatrical performance in which everything, herself included, plays a role.
Miss Brill is also slightly self-conceited. She cannot be stereotyped and she has a multifaceted personality. Through the use of these symbols, the narrator breaks through Miss Brill's self-deception to the core of her inner conflict or struggle, namely that of her loneliness and difficulty accepting her age. Answer each of these questions as you determine the answer: Do we know the main character's feelings and emotions? The tone starts out airy with anticipation as Miss. Miss Brill's character is a complex one. Living a solitary, but ordinary life as a teacher and companion to an aged gentleman, Miss Brill spends her Sunday enjoying herself in the park. As she places it inside, she believes she hears crying.
A chief reason that we feel such pity for Miss Brill at the end of the story is the sharp contrast with the liveliness and beauty she gave to that ordinary scene in the park. The woman greets the man with as much warmth as he returns with coldness. About how old is she? Miss Brill is a quiet person who believes herself to be important. Consequently, readers can collect much information about her. She quickly surmises that all of the people, including herself, are stage actors in a play.
The boss, for example, kills the fly, so your interpretation of the fly should take this fact into account. Brills need to hide from her intolerable reality, breaks and it becomes clear how lonely and wrong Miss. What realization does Miss Brill experience? As a developing character, Miss Brill is forced to face a harsh reality from her routine events. This connection between the band's playing and Miss Brill's emotions becomes an authentic representation of her mood, at times forming a counterpoint to her delusional giddy thoughts. Where does the story take place? The ravages of the war had turned to a growing prosperity, as reflected by the boisterous band. An Afternoon in the Park Suited and ready to go, Miss Brill makes her way to the park to enjoy the sounds of the band. Miss Brill realizes that the reason she has a difficult time talking to her schoolchildren about what she does on the weekends is because she is on the stage.
Mansfield shows us how hurtful the truth can be to people who haven't realized or accepted the reality in which they live. Answer the following factual questions about Miss Brill, and provide evidence from the story that support each of your answers. Miss Brill keeps the fur in a dark box taking it out and shaking it of its accumulated dust before wearing it. The tragic irony of this level of attention to details normally associated with writers or consulting detectives is her utter inability to notice how others observe her. Summarizing Miss Brill You can sometimes tell the nature of a story by the title, and Katherine Mansfield's 1920 tale, Miss Brill is no exception. Brill notices the dead eyes of this dead animal. If the obstacles are handled properly, it could have positive effects; however, if they are handled poorly, it could diminish happiness.
How is this sense of loneliness conveyed? But the toll had been heavy, and though the story brims with new love and young children, the older people in the story seem fatigued, possibly partially because of the difficult effects of the war. Finally, the band serves as an authentic finger on Brill's emotional pulse throughout her experiences. And yet we are encouraged neither to laugh at Miss Brill nor to dismiss her as a grotesque madwoman. To her dismay, the couple starts making fun of her, calling her fur 'funny' and wondering why she doesn't keep her 'silly mug' at home. If you have figured out what the is, name all its characteristics that relate to Miss Brill herself: What is Miss Brill's mood at the beginning of the story? The woman, who used to have greater beauty, now emanates faded beauty, matching the pale color of the ermine toque she wears.
What events in the story illustrate this This section contains 111 words approx. The fur comes to represent the title character, Miss Brill. Watching People The first couple Miss Brill focuses on is an older couple. Question Answer Evidence What nationality is she? What happens to Miss Brill as a consequence of her encounter with these two characters? Story Discussion Questions : Respond to each of these questions individually in paragraph form. Determine what the story is told from? Keep a dictionary by you and use it. The lack of a first name obstructs a personalized connection and the repetition of reference to her as Miss Brill confers a detached formality to the character.
More importantly, she is a dramatist, actively countering sadness and self-pity, and this evokes our sympathy, even our admiration. Communicate your feelings about the imagination in this response. The reference to The Season, a time of year when young girls, having just completed their education, would attend balls, go for afternoon strolls, dressed in their finest clothes, to attract the attention of potential husbands. This page was last updated on June 06, 2013. However, the inclusion of this object can express a country's flag and or a person being in that a location.
What do the scenes have in common in terms of imagery? Rather than write a formal reflection journal, here you are responsible for creating a cluster web of ideas that explores this specific question you have chosen. How would you describe the mood of the story at the beginning? She spies two girls and two soldiers and a woman and young boy. Describe the setting of the story. Be specific, and explicitly describe an experience where you were imaginative. The reader sees several sides of her nature.