Perception vs. Reality in "Miss Brill"
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The paper discusses how the character of Miss Brill in Katherine Mansfield's short story by the same name, must face the fact that the world in the park does not belong to her and the brilliance and fascination associated with it existed only in her mind. The paper further discusses how Miss Brill must accept the harsh reality that the world could have managed fine without her. The paper provides a brief annotated bibliograpy.
From the Paper:"Our perceptions of reality may differ from the actual world that surrounds us, as demonstrated in the short story, "Miss Brill," by Katherine Mansfield. Miss Brill is completely happy with her perception of reality until it is shattered by the words of a stranger's perception of his reality. Worlds do more than collide when Miss Brill must face the fact that not all are like her and perhaps the play in which she believes everyone to be an actor is nothing more than a cold, cruel world. Perception and reality become at odds when Miss Brill must face the fact that the world in the park does not belong to her and the only brilliance and fascination associated with it existed only in her mind. The harsh reality is that the real world could have lived without her without much regret at all."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Devi, Gayatri, "Literary Contexts in Short Stories: Katherine Mansfield's 'Miss Brill.'" 2006. EBSCO Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 8, 2008. <http://search.ebscohost.com/>In this essay, Gayatri provides various literary contexts of "Miss Brill," including historical, societal, and religious context. In addition, Scientific and technological contexts are applied to the short story.
- Mansfield, Katherine. "Miss Brill." The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Meyer, Michael, ed. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press. 1993.
- Robert Peltier. "An Overview of Miss Brill." Short Stories for Students. 1997. GALE Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 8, 2008. <http://www.infotrac.galegroup.com> In this brief essay, Peltier provides an overview of "Miss Brill," pointing out significant aspects of the story along with a small segment that explains Mansfield's writing style.
- Thorpe, Peter. "Teaching Miss Brill." College English. 1962. JSTOR Resource Database. Information Retrieved November 8, 2008. <http://jstor.org>In this essay, Thorpe examines the way in which Mansfield sets up Miss Brill for her tragic fall. He looks at the various stages of perception and follows them through to the painful reality. He also touches on the significance of symbolism in the story.
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