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In Jamaica Kincaids Girl and Katherine Mansfields Miss Brill the protagonists experience different yet similar degrees of isolation In Girl the isolation is subtle while in Miss Brill the isolated status of the character is extremely obvious Both types of isolation involve the characters social liferole and stem from those around them Miss Brill becomes isolated and excluded from surrounding strangers in the park while a young girls mother ignores her With Girl Kincaid presents the reader with a long list of social instructions and warnings from a mother to her daughter The advice involves everything from the very traditional such as how to sew on a button to the dark unspoken aspects such as how to throw away a child before it even becomes a child 440 All of the advice pertains to social roles and duties of women The protagonist whose name is never given presents the reader with small clues that she questions her mothers teachings She only makes the attempt to question her mother twice but I dont sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school 440 and but what if the baker wont let me feel the bread 441 give indications into the young girls mindset She seems to somewhat disagree with her overbearing mother but not enough to pursue any type of argument and seems to be rather disconnected from her mothers long tirade Giving the indication of isolation is her mothers response to her weak protests She barely notices her daughters comments showing virtually no reaction except to refute her latter statement The daughter is ignored throughout by her mother someone who conventionally plays a more attentive and caring role in contrast with Miss Brill who is ignored by strangers In Mansfields short story the reader sees Miss Brill in the park with sounds from the band and people surrounding her Everyone is interacting the band is playing the Englishman and his wife are talking
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