This excerpt is an introductory paragraph from a high school essay on the manipulation of time in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. As you’ll read, I use extra and unnecessary words (and many strange words…) to introduce a straight-forward concept. I also phrase sentences wordily. Woops.
“Oftentimes, authors stray from a purely linear plot structure in order to advance the novel in a more intriguing way. In The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark plays with narrative chronology for other purposes as well. Through Spark’s third person omniscient narration, the reader learns of the futures of many of the children of the Brodie Set and ultimately the conclusion early in the novel. The structural complexity of the text from the alteration of time reveals the layers of complexity in the plot itself. Spark’s manipulation of time unravels the long-term influence of the teacher’s behavior on her students and promotes the larger political themes of the novel. “