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Examine the structure of the novel particularly the time scheme focus on three aspects of the narration The Third Person Narrator The Time Scheme The Use of Repetition Back to the Setting Section Muriel Spark likes to use an omniscient third person narrator when she writes her books as a way for the reader to experience all the characters thoughts and views The narrator in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie acts as a sort of fly on the wall letting the reader observe the different situations surrounding each individual character As the novel proceeds the reader can then observe the different views of Miss Jean Brodie by every girl from the set To tell the story of Miss Jean Brodies prime the reader simply cannot take a point of view from one source because each girl from the set was affected in a different way By collecting all the different point of views the reader can analyze all the different aspects of Miss Brodies character Muriel Spark also uses a similar brainwashing technique used by Miss Brodie Spark can give the reader any opinion she wishes them to believe The narrator tells the story in such a way that all the characters opinions on Miss Brodie are exposed Throughout the story the narrator bases and manipulates our ideas about the characters Despite the fact that Miss Brodie might have good intentions the reader is more compelled to dislike her because of her fascist teaching methods and actions The narrator proves this by focusing on certain characters the ones who were most influenced by Miss Brodies prime Such examples are Mary MacGregors death which led the reader to believe that she really was as stupid as Miss Brodie predicted Another is the fact that Rose Stanley was said to be famous for sex also predicted and preached by Miss Brodie This makes it difficult to formulate any different opinion on Miss Brodie
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