The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Essay

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie novel takes place during the 1930’s. The somewhat borderline protagonist, Miss Jean Brodie is an educator who teaches at the all girls and against the mandatory curriculum. She oversees a specific group of girls named the Brodie set. A common theme in the novel is control. In The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Spark uses characterization to depict the powerful influence an individual can have over multiple individuals, whether it be morally right or wrong.
The characterization of Miss Jean Brodie impacts the plot of the novel substantially due to the fact she is a central character in the novel. She works at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls and is dedicated to “her girls” also known as the “Brodie set”. She states “You are my vocation. If I were to receive a proposal of marriage tomorrow from the Lord Lyon King-of-Arms I would decline it. I am dedicated to you in my prime” (Spark 22). The use of the phrase “vocation” implies that Miss Brodie sees the girls as her priority or her purpose in life. Throughout the novel Miss Brodie encourages the girls to make their own choices on how they want to live their life and learn. She states “The word education comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means leading out. To me education is leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul” (Spark 36). Miss Brodie believes that education stems from pursuing one’s passion. She believes that one should learn about their heart desires.…

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