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In "Miss Brill" much of the story's effect comes from the discrepancy between the way the world sees Miss Brill and how she sees herself. Miss Brill seems to be a woman who is an elderly woman.

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Introduction

Vince Catizone English Composition 2 Dr. J. Eber Essay "Miss Brill" In "Miss Brill" much of the story's effect comes from the discrepancy between the way the world sees Miss Brill and how she sees herself. Miss Brill seems to be a woman who is an elderly woman. Miss Brill finds joy in the weather, her fur, and in her secret "theater" that she believes goes on in the park. Miss Brill loved listening in other people's conversations; this was one of the reasons to go the park. "On her way home she usually bought a slice of honey-cake at the baker's. It was her Sunday treat. Sometimes there was an almond in her slice, sometimes not. It made a great difference". ...read more.

Middle

Why doesn't she keep her silly old mug at home?" It's at this point in the story where Miss Brill realizes what the rest of the world really thinks of her; that she's just a weird old woman who comes to the park all dressed up for nothing. In the beginning of the story Miss Brill feels as if she's a movie star attending the Emmy Awards. Putting on her fur makes her feel more like a famous celebrity about to walk downtown to the park. She had a "special" seat that was just for her, so she could sit in and listen to other peoples conversations. She felt if she would miss attending the park one Sunday everyone would notice and miss her gravely. ...read more.

Conclusion

She realizes she isn't an actress, she isn't a famous movie star playing the star role in a play, and by her finding this out it wakes her up to the reality. Miss Brill is a just a woman no one really pays attention too, just another woman sitting at the park. The significance of the ending is the abrupt reality Miss Brill has to come to terms with. Usually on the way home from the park Miss Brill stops by the baker's and gets a slice of honey cake, it was her Sunday treat, but this Sunday was different, Miss Brill had realized that she wasn't a famous celebrity, she realized that no one would notice if she had missed a Sunday at the park. Miss Brill realized she had been living in a box her whole life just like the fur she took out every Sunday on the way to the park to play her starring role. ...read more.

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