The Brodie Set & The Extent In Which I Sympathise With Miss Brodie Essay

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The Brodie Set & The Extent In Which I Sympathise With Miss Brodie The main characters in The Prime Of Jean Brodie are in the group which is known as the Brodie Set. The group is made up of six girls; Monica Douglas, Eunice Gardiner, Jenny Gray, Sandy Stranger, Rose Stanley, Mary Macgregor and Miss Brodie herself. The girls are all very different and it is not always clear why they are a part of the group. Miss Jean Brodie is an eccentric, egotistical, and idealistic lower-level teacher at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland. In the years leading up to World War II, Miss Brodie teaches in a theatrical manner and makes an impression on her students, with whom she attempts sabotaging the academic curriculum. Having lost her fiancé, Hugh Carruthers, in World War I, Miss Brodie becomes attached to the married art teacher, Mr. Lloyd, and because of his marital status, she diverts her love interest to the music teacher, Mr. Lowther. Miss Brodie loses her job at the school when Sandy, one of her set betrays her, by telling the headmistress, Miss Mackay, Miss Brodie’s fascist political sentiments. One of the Brodie set, Sandy Stranger is “notorious for her small, almost nonexistent, eyes” and “famous for her vowel sounds” which “in the Junior school, had enraptured Miss Brodie.” Sandy sees the things that Miss Brodie is unable to and with her insight about Miss Brodie’s effects on the girls, decides to stop Miss Brodie. Sandy reports to the headmistress that Miss Brodie is “a born Fascist.” When she grows up, Sandy becomes a nun, Sister Helena of the Transfiguration, and publishes a well-received book on psychology. Miss Brodie repeatedly reminds Sandy that she has insight but no instinct. Of the set, Miss Brodie was very close with Sandy which is why Miss Brodie did not think it was Sandy who betrayed her. In contrast to Sandy, Rose is a

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