Hesssa Al-Dihan , Salma Al-Ali

      Mansfield: Miss Brill

Introduction:

Kathleene Mansfield Beauchamp (14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) was a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction who wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. One of Mansfields significant stories is the story of Miss Brill. The story was written in 1920 and It was first published the Athenaeum on 26 November 1920, and later reprinted in The Garden Party and Other Stories.

 Characters:

1.      Miss Brill

2.      Many passers

  Settings:

1. Miss Brills’ house

2. Jardines publiques

  Narrator:

* 3rd person narrator 

  Themes:

  1. Loneliness
  2. Illusion versus reality
  3. Rejection
  4. Isolation

5.       Denial    

    Plot: The story is about Miss Brill, a middle-aged English teacher in an unnamed French vacation town. It follows her on a regular Sunday afternoon in the park, which she spends walking and sitting in the park, wearing an old but beloved eiderdown fur. She sees the world as if it were a stage, and enjoys watching the people around her, often judging them condescendingly. However, she then overhears a young couple's cruel remark about herself, and the story ends with her realizing that she is not really needed in the busy world.