The Turn Of The Screw Essay

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As I write this essay at one in the morning just like a typical student on a weekday, I find astounding how a story can leave you with more questions than answers. The Turn of the Screw acts as a perfect example of it. This particular story can be interpreted in many ways, and based in our own opinion we can therefore formulate an answer. The uncertainty of the facts drags us to make up our own answers to the questions. Why? Because if our mind does not find a way to cope with the unknown; we simply make an excuse for it. Perhaps life itself contains more questions than explanations. Unexplainable things happen to us every day, and as humans we tend to generate reasons to justify these occurred events. I feel that in some way, we learn to evolve to better understand our behavior regardless of the situation and its outcome. My feelings toward this story changes as it transitions to a different chapter. Yet another story in which I feel comfortable reading; although disturbed by the governess point of view.
The story of The Turn of the Screw makes me feel uneasy. Although I enjoy stories based on suspense and mystery; I can agree that having children involved makes it even creepier. Especially because at the eyes of the governess, these children appear perfect and pure. Throughout the story, we learn that the governess experiences strange situations that lead her to think that the children might not be as good as they seem. From the reading I learned that we should not get carried away by impressions, and that we should not rely upon appearances to make judgments. As a matter of fact, a similar situation happened to me before. My parents instructed me to take care of two children and my little brother while they went out to the movies with their parents. I usually find babysitting really simple since my brother tends to behave well almost ninety percent of the time. However, I did not realize how difficult it resulted to watch three children all by myself. Fooled by their sweet, angelic face and by their...

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