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The Rise to Miss Brodies Demise Miss Jean Brodie the protagonist in Muriel Sparks novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1961 is a character of great influence and arrogant dominance As a schoolteacher in her prime she believes she has an abundance of wisdom and knowledge about lifes principles that she deeply desires to share with her students Miss Brodies character and disposition though seemingly a positive influence in essence leads to her demise Her intense interest in fascism her power to manipulate and influence her girls her dogmatic teaching styles her betrayal her arrogance and her loose morals all play major roles in her fall One of Miss Brodies principle interests is fascism She loves dictatorship as long as she is the dictator Her model dictators are Hitler Franco and Mussolini all whom she believes to be great men She is even bold enough to make the general statement Mussolini is one of the greatest men in the world Miss Brodies fascisti She admires his methods of terminating unemployment Miss Brodie in her place of leadership in the classroom uses the same techniques as her fascist heroes she absolved herself from wrong placed thoughts into the minds of her disciples and retained order by inducing fear into her girls It is also evident in her prime that Miss Brodie is quite untouchable managing to foil all the plots against her Miss Brodies fascisti Miss Brodie selects students she knows neither them nor their parents will complain about her Spark 25 Her fascist ideas prove to be disastrous when she encourages Rose Emily a member of the set to fight in the war and before Rose even gets to her destination she is killed Fascism a prominent part of Miss Brodies character gives her a great amount of power to manipulate and influence her girls An example is when she tells them that teamwork is unnecessary One of Miss Brodies girls
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