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Hi I'm currently studying the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (novel by Muriel Sparks) in a drama class. We're studying dramatic irony at the moment. In what ways is the reader more aware of what is happening than the characters are in the novel (i.e dramatic irony)?? Any help would be appreciated.

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    In the poem, she was a magical being who lived alone on an island upstream from King Arthur's Camelot. Her purpose was to look at the world outside her castle window in a mirror, and to weave what she saw into a tapestry. She was forbidden by the magic to look at the outside world directly. Looking at the world in a mirror and depicting it in a work of art was an allegory for the life of a teacher viewing the world from an ivory tower and interpreting it for her young students. And Miss Brodie's often fearless lifestyle was much like the heroic action taken by Tennyson's lady which led to her doom.

    Finally there was the irony of the betrayal by the one student who was the most like her, the only one in whom she really confided. But the film illustrated the disconnect between Miss Brodie and Sandy, who got her back up that Miss Brodie considered Jenny the ideal. Brodie was too self-absorbed to pick up on Sandy's growing disenchantment just as she did not have the insight to realize that Mary McGregor's brother was fighting against (not for) Franco in Spain.

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