The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The prime of miss Jean Brodie is a novella written by Muriel Spark 1961. This novela utilises an unsual structure, Muriel uses flashbacks and flashforwards to ehance the reader's appreciation for the novela in a more style. Not only that but the use of flashforwards is an interesting device as it allows the reader to understand the consequences of the character's actions.
The story is based around a woman, Miss Jean Brodie who works at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls Edinburgh. Miss Brodie is an outspoken, passionate teacher who has rather unorthodox teaching methods. Miss Jean has who is in her prime has an attraction to the married art master named Teddy Lloyd, in her affair with the single music master, Gordon Lowther she is still determined to make "The Brodie girls" the best they can be. This story is all about love and betrayel by none other than one her girls - Sandy.
In this story one of the biggest flash backs is under the Elm tree, the novel begins 6 years later with the girls using flashback to go into more detail about the school, girls and Miss Jean Brodie herself. This flashback helps us learn about Miss Jean Brodie's teaching styles, she is described as the woman in her prime, a flamboyant woman with unorthodox methods. However Miss Brodie wants her girls to grow up and become individual rather than conform. "and all my pupils are the créme de la créme"Miss Brodie herself is also a bit of an outsider as well to the school because of teaching methods.
This flashforward reveals that Miss Brodie is betrayed, but it does not give out information on who! Despite the flashforwards giving information to what happens in the future the author seems to keep that sense of mystery of what it yet to come in order to keep the reader reading but still in control. The structure here lets us flashbackwards and read on while we then flashforward with little information of what will happen, so we will read on the see the