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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark is a novel carefully constructed through the use of distinctive narrative techniques style and language These all contribute to the portrayal of the novels main political themes and ideas One of the most significant passages in the novel is the walk through Edinburgh where Miss Jean Brodie takes her pupils through the Old Town This passage is important in the sense that it gives a clear example of Sparks clever use of narrative and language This relates to the overall theme of the rest of the novel However it also displays a distinct style of writing which subtly etches the idea of fascism into the main structure of the narrative It is through the novels third person narrative that Spark is able to blend together reality and fantasy so subtly The narrative takes us without warning into Sandys own fantasy world This is done suddenly yet Spark integrates it into the narrative naturally by making no distinction between Sandys fantasy character Alan Breck from Robert Louis Stevensons Kidnapped and Sandy herself There is no indication that the character Alan Breck isnt in fact one of Sparks own characters It is only the setting of this fantasy the ships roundhouse coupled with the over dramatisation of the prose that tells the reader that this is all in Sandys head he cut off one of the silver buttons from his coat Wherever you show that button he said the friends of Alan Breck will come around you Taken from extract The idea of Sandy creating an imaginary scene in her head involving characters from a novel giving her a silver button of all things to show when she needs help is amusing Spark includes it in the narrative as if it were real The idea of control is exposed here and the fascist theme is explored through the narrative Spark constantly switches the narrative to the
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