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Women in novels

Jane Austen wrote the novel "Sense and Sensibility" in the 19th century whereas "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" was written by Muriel Spark in the 20th century. The fact that these novels were written at different times means that the societies that they portray are different from each other in varying degrees depending on what aspect is taken into account. In both novels the main characters are women. In "Sense and Sensibility" the most important women are two sisters called Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. In "The prime of Miss Jean Brodie" Jean Brodie is the only main female character. The two novels involve different contexts; therefore, they are quite different from each other not only from the content point of view but also from the style of writing used by the authors. In this essay I will analyse the differences and similarities of the women in these two novels. In addition to this I will examine gender roles, the one of women in particular. The relationships between the two sexes are important in both novels; therefore it is worth looking at that too.
First of all I am going to write about "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". This novel is shorter than "Sense and Sensibility", but it contains valuable information all the same. The style used to write this novel by Muriel Spark is very interesting; this is because the structure of the novel is segmented in different time spans. In other words the narration jumps from one year to another.Therefore, the novel is set in different years before and after the Second World War. It narrates about a primary school teacher who is going through the prime of her life and the effects of her ideas on some students she teaches, especially the Brodie set which is a group of girls who are Jean Brodie's favourites. They are Sandy Stranger, Monica Douglas, Rose Stanley, Jenny Gray and Mary Macgregor.
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