Does Miss Brill Successfully Gain Happiness?

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Does Miss Brill Successfully Gain Happiness? In the short story “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield the main character Miss Brill is introduced by mentioning the fur. The fur represents wealth, meaning Miss Brill is wealthy when she puts on the fur. The fur is not a perfect picture for wealth though, it was covered in moth-powder and the furs nose needed black sealing-wax. Miss Brill is like the fur, wanting to be the best but also wondering what has happened. Miss Brill seems sad and unhappy with her life, the fur represents her throughout the story. Her initial happiness comes from going to the park on Sundays. Miss Brill goes to the park every Sunday and listens in on the conversations of those sitting on her ‘special’ bench. Miss Brill…show more content…
Miss Brill is happy and prepares to listen in on the conversation the couple will have. Miss Brill’s happiness does not last when the couple begins talking about her, putting her down. The boy starts off by saying, “But why? Because of that stupid old thing at the end the there?”…“Why does she come here at all—who wants her? Why doesn’t she keep her silly old mug at home?” (45). The girl on the bench then replies to the boy saying, “It’s her fu-fur which is so funny”…”Why doesn’t she keep her silly old mug at home!”(45). Upset about the events Miss Brill goes home, skipping her honey cake she normally gets after visiting the park. When Miss Brill reaches her room she describes it as, “the little dark room”…”her room like a cupboard” (46). Miss Brill is making a reference to the people in the park who looked like they came from dark little cupboard like rooms. Miss Brill is once again connecting herself to the people in the park, she people she is in a play with. Miss Brill takes off her beloved fur and lays it in the box, “But when she put the lid on she thought she heard something crying”
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