Saturday, September 14, 2019
Character of Ã¢â¬ÅMiss BrillÃ¢â¬Â Essay
In the short story, Ã¢â¬Å"Miss BrillÃ¢â¬ by Katherine Mansfield, the main character, Miss Brill, is developed with the use to symbols and patterns of metaphors. The story is about Miss BrillÃ¢â¬â¢s routine on Sundays, and how she is interpreting the world around her, and her role in it. The main metaphors that are used are her fur coat, the old people, and her seat. All these metaphors help show that Miss Brill doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t live life, but only views it. Miss BrillÃ¢â¬â¢s fur coat is introduced in the first paragraph of the story. She personifies the fur, and projects some of her own personalities and interests into it. Ã¢â¬Å"She had taken it out of its box that afternoon, shaken out the moth powder, given it a good brush, and rubbed the life back into the dim little eyesÃ¢â¬ (Mansfield p.357). Later, Miss Brill further characterizes the fur coat and states that is a Ã¢â¬Å"little rogueÃ¢â¬ , which further laments her personification of the fur. Furthermore, she feels that she is attracted to the personified fur, Ã¢â¬Å"She could have taken it off and laid it on her lap and stroked itÃ¢â¬ (Mansfield p.357). The fur coat is a metaphor for her, or what she sees attractive in herself. She if old, so is the fur coat Ã¢â¬Å"..shaken out the moth powder..Ã¢â¬ (Mansfield p.357); she likes to dress up and use makeup, just like what she does to the fur coat Ã¢â¬Å"..a little dab of black sealing-wax..Ã¢â¬ (Mansfield p.357). She views the world around her as it passes by, but never experiencing it for herself, similar to an inanimate object, such as her fur coat. This point is reinforced further at the end of the story, when she has been ridiculed, and is putting away her coat away; Ã¢â¬Å"But when she put the lid on she thought she heard something cryingÃ¢â¬ (Mansfield p.361). The author tells the reader that the fur is crying, but the metaphor shows that it is Miss Brill that is crying. Similarly, Ã¢â¬Å"the old people sat on the bench, still as statuesÃ¢â¬ , is also a metaphor for Miss Brill. She is one of the old people sitting on the benches, watching everyone else. It is ironic, because she seems to dislike these people, but at the same time, she is one of them; Ã¢â¬Å"They were odd, silent, nearly all oldÃ¢â¬ (Mansfield p.358). Miss Brill, like the other old people, is peculiar, quiet, and old. What she sees in these people, is whatÃ the reader sees in her. This metaphor symbolizes what she is in reality and what other people in the story see her as; Ã¢â¬Å"Because of that stupid old thing at the end there..Ã¢â¬ (Mansfield p.360) is what a young couple says when they see Miss Brill. The old people symbolize the old pathetic nature of Miss BrillÃ¢â¬â¢s routine of viewing everyone elseÃ¢â¬â¢s experiences, but never experiencing herself. Finally, the symbol of her Ã¢â¬Å"special seatÃ¢â¬ is the most important and drives home the point of Miss Brill never experiencing life. The seat symbolizes her vantage point of the world. The metaphor of a play is also used, but they both symbolize the same thing; they are both her eyepieces to the rest of the world, and this is how she can experience life, instead of doing it herself. Ã¢â¬Å"How she enjoyed it! How she loved sitting here, watching it all! It was like a playÃ¢â¬ (Mansfield p.359). Furthermore, she feels that she is living life and experiencing everything, because Miss Brill feels that she is apart of the play Ã¢â¬Å"They werenÃ¢â¬â¢t only the audienceÃ¢â¬ ¦.they were actingÃ¢â¬ (Mansfield p.359). The author effectively uses the metaphor of her Ã¢â¬Å"special seatÃ¢â¬ and of a play to symbolize Miss BrillÃ¢â¬â¢s character, and how she feels that she is fully living life, but actually, she is only watching. Throughout the short story Ã¢â¬Å"Miss BrillÃ¢â¬ , by Katherine Mansfield, three important symbols are used to characterize Miss Brill; they are the fur, the old people, and her Ã¢â¬Å"special seatÃ¢â¬ . All these show that Miss Brill is a watcher, who experience life through watching.
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