The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Book Summary and Study Guide

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Miss Jean Brodie is a teacher at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh. She is a teacher with unorthodox teaching methods. In 1930 she takes a group of students under her wing who become known as the Brodie girls. She proceeds to make the girls the “crème de la crème”.   Miss Brodie opens the world to her students and teaches them more than the approved curriculum.
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In 1936 Miss Brodie's methods are once again being questioned and she must defend herself. The headmistress of the school keeps questioning Brodie's girls in hopes of learning something that can be used against Miss Brodie. Rumors fly concerning Miss Brodie's relationship with male teachers and the headmistress is determined to discover a moral reason to dismiss Miss Brodie.

Each of the Brodie kiddies ponders the identity of who betrayed Miss Brodie and also reflects on the influence that Miss Brodie has on their individual lives.

The review of this Book prepared by Marie Mize

Miss Jean Brodie is a brilliant, charismatic, eccentric elementary school teacher at a girls' private school. She has a loyal group of five students with whom she remains personally involved throughout high school. Miss Brodie dazzles the girls with her knowledge of culture and tales of adventure, but a scandal emerges. One of Miss Brodie's favorite students causes her to lose her job.
The review of this Book prepared by Judy Berman

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   teacher Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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