A Comparative Study of Stream of Consciousness Technique in Miss Brill and The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

Miss Brill and Granny Weatherall

Katherine Mansfield’s narrative “Miss Brill” is written in third individual omniscient. The story lapses over one Sunday afternoon. Katharine Anne Porter’s short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” is also informed in the lapse of about a day however is informed in a variant of third person called stream of consciousness. Stream of awareness presents things going through the characters’ mind. The protagonists of “Miss Brill” and “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” are comparable in the very same ways they are different.

Miss Brill is a lonesome lady who eagerly anticipates spending her Sundays in the Jardins Publique. She sits in her “unique” seat eavesdropping. This is her escape from the life she has. She likes to think she and everybody in the park on Sundays belong to a play however in truth, she is a part of absolutely nothing. Sundays and her fox fur coat are 2 of the couple of things that make her happy. She’s rather ashamed to tell her English pupils how she invests her Sunday afternoons

Granny Weatherall is the opposite of lonesome however more like smothered. The Physician will not leave her alone, her daughter will not leave her side, and Dad Connolly pertains to check out.

Miss Brill is rather delighted with the life she thinks for herself. She is not at all in touch with truth. She thinks about the others who come to rest on the benches on Sunday as, “They were odd, quiet, nearly all old, and from the way they gazed they looked as though they ‘d simply come from dark little spaces and even– even cupboards!” (Mansfield, 102)

Granny Weatherall is rather bitter when reflecting on her life and recognizing how many of her enjoyed ones had did her incorrect. George was her fiancé who left her at the altar. She then married John who passed away young and left her to play the role of mother and dad. Cornelia, granny Weatherall’s child treats her like a kid. She acknowledges the truth of everything that has actually taken place to her.

Though Miss Brill and Granny Weatherall seem to lead absolute various lives they are both really watchful females. Miss Brill was rather observant on her Sunday afternoons in the park. She beinged in her “special” seat and observe whatever and everyone. She could discover any small change from last Sundays afternoon. “Wasn’t the conductor wearing a new coat, too?” (Mansfield, 101).

Granny Weatherall is in touch with truth while Miss Brill daydreams up a life on her Sunday afternoons to forget everything else. Miss Brill is lonely while Granny Weatherall is overwhelmed with business. One main particular the two protagonists have in common is their observant eye. Eventually Miss Brill and Granny Weatherall have more differences then resemblances.