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What is the main theme of the book The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?

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Posted August 27, 2007 at 1:00 AM via web

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What is the main theme of the book The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 27, 2007 at 4:32 AM (Answer #2)

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I feel Miss Brodie's betrayal to her students, to her school, and to the profession of teaching is the main theme. She chooses her six favorite students and openly lets the other students know they are her favorites. Her abuse of Mary is inexcusable, especially because Miss Brodie starts it. She openly attacks and breaks the school's rules and policies. By her own example of her actions and words, Miss Brodie teaches her students betrayal and distrust.

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