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What role does personal history and reminiscence play in The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieAn interesting narrative device of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is the manipulation of the time line The first 5 pages are set in 1936 after which we are brought back 6 years into the past into 1930 The time periods shift frequently so much so that we are told of certain important events very early on in the novel For example we are told of Marys death in a hotel fire on page 14 the betrayal of Miss Brodie on page 27 the identity of the betrayer ie Sandy on page 60 and Miss Brodies death on page 26 The fact that these rather tragic events are made known to us right in the beginning creates a rather foreboding sense of doom as the reader is invited to interpret all the events as a prelude to the final failure and betrayal of Miss Brodie Personal history and reminiscence therefore play a major role in the movement of the plot of the novel as events are narrated simultaneously along with the characters reflections and future thoughtsMiss Brodie the central character in the novel often narrates her personal history to her class One of the first stories that she tells the young impressionable girls is that of her lover Hugh the warrior who died during The First World War just before Armistice This story is often referred to in the course of the novel and is integral in the early formation of the girls ideas on love and sex especially in the cases of Sandy Stranger and her best friend Jenny Grey The girls often contemplate their relationship fantasizing and creating their own picture of the love affair that took place between their teacher and the greatly idealized Hugh This can be seen in the two girls short story The Mountain Eyerie on page 18 Miss Brodies narration about Hugh on
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