Character Analysis in Miss Brill
Miss Brill: A middle-aged, unmarried English tutor in France, Miss Brill is optimistic, observant, and sensitive. Her reflections about her day to day life reveal that she is extremely lonely. She substitutes reality with fantasies about the lives of the people she comes in contact with. These fantasies reveal her personal desires and her judgemental approach to others.
Her Fur: Miss Brill characterizes her fur as her “little rogue.” In personifying the article of clothing, Miss Brill creates a companion with whom she can travel to the park. The imaginary nature of this character works to demonstrate Miss Brill’s interior character. It reveals her imagination and profound loneliness.
Character Analysis Examples in Miss Brill:
"She unclasped the necklet quickly; quickly, without looking, laid it inside. But when she put the lid on she thought she heard something crying..." See in text (Miss Brill)
"And when she breathed, something light and sad—no, not sad, exactly—something gentle seemed to move in her bosom..." See in text (Miss Brill)
"almond it was like carrying home a tiny present—a surprise—..." See in text (Miss Brill)
"They were odd, silent, nearly all old, and from the way they stared they looked as though they'd just come from dark little rooms or even—even cupboards..." See in text (Miss Brill)