Thoughts on The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
What is her Relation on ‘her Girls’?
· They are alternative lives for her now she is past her prime?
· They are a ‘sounding box’ by which she avoids self-knowledge?
· She gives them the best sort of education: questioning, even she herself?
· They express her need to protest, be different, challenge values?
· The exemplify for her some loss, bitterness, sense of failure? What?
· Could we say each represents a part of her own mind: lover, betrayer, victim. . . ?
· Does she ‘abuse her power’ or not?
· Suppose the Head were not such a narrow person?
Sandy looked back at her companions and understood them as a body with Miss Brodie for the head. She perceived herself, the absent Jenny, the ever-blamed Mary, Rose, Eunice, and Monica, all in a frightening little moment, in unified compliance to the destiny of Miss Brodie, as if God had willed them to birth for that purpose