The Rise To Miss Brodie — страница 2

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essentially obey her every command. Sandy?s objective is then ?to put a stop to Miss Brodie? (Spark 134). Sandy betrays her by making Miss Brodie?s faults known to the head mistress and when Miss Brodie questions her, she only replies, ?If you did not betray us it is impossible that you could have been betrayed by us? (Spark 136). Miss Brodie clearly betrays the girls of truth and necessary knowledge and Sandy takes it upon herself to indeed put an end to Miss Brodie. Throughout Miss Brodie?s experiences at the school, she is in denial of her responsibility for what she is doing. She is arrogant and acts as though the rules do not apply to her. She risks the lives of her girls yet still believes ?that God [is] on her side whatever her course? (Spark 90). The guilt she may feel is

quickly projected onto Mary Macgregor, the timid girl of the set. Miss Brodie blames Mary for things she has not even done; she even manipulates the other girls to blame Mary for their own faults. This gives them excuses for arrogance and self-centeredness (Miss Brodie?s fasciti). Even when Miss Brodie is dismissed from teaching at the Marcia Blaine School, she still does not see any wrong in what she has done. Miss Brodie?s arrogance is result of her lack of morals. Though she is raised with Calvinistic teachings and beliefs, she rarely applies them to her life. She rationalizes every act. When she sleeps with Mr. Lowther, the music teacher, she claims it is a ?duty? (Bold 68). At the same time, she is reluctant to sleep with Teddy Lloyd, the art instructor, because he has a

family. For one circumstance sex outside of marriage is acceptable, but for the other it is not, at least for her. To fulfill her fantasy of sleeping with Mr. Lloyd, she decides that Rose Stanley, another of her girls, should sleep with him . She takes it upon herself to jeopardize a young girl’s purity. Her immoral life style leads her to lose much of what is important to her. Her girls no longer look up to her, she loses her teaching position, and the men she adored no longer adored her (Bold 68). We can see Miss Brodie as both a fascinating and dangerous character. She is admired for her rebellion and ability to defy common interest. She is sexually appealing and enticingly different which intrigues the students. At the same time, Miss Brodie is dangerous because of her

contradicting ideas and how she denies the girls of free thought. Miss Brodie?s life is clearly headed toward destruction. Her arrogance and manipulative nature leads her in no other direction. Although she seems to be very insightful, she overlooks the ultimate reality and consequences of her character. She has no one to blame but herself. Bold, Alan. Muriel Spark. New York: Methuen, 1986. ?Miss Brodie?s Conduct in the Classroom.? Last modified 16 Feb 98. Accessed 13 Apr 99. ?Miss Brodie?s fascisti.? Last modified 16 Fed 98. Accessed 13 Apr 99. Spark, Muriel. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. New York: Perennial Classics, 1961.