Turn Of The Screw Analysis

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Throughout the Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, ambiguity is used purposely in respect to the reality of the ghosts. Without certainty the reader must guess and assume, in order to determine if the ghosts are real or if they are conjured in the governess's mind. This ambiguity means everyone can come to the table with different ideas, which means my opinion is not the only one in the world. However, in this sea of ideas and concepts I will attempt to explain my personal belief on this topic. I believe that the governess was thrown into a situation which she was unprepared for. Her prior life gave her little applicable experiences and left her always wanting attention, especially from men. Also, the governess wanted to discredit the perfection of the children by creating these monsters that can change them into monsters as well. This need to seek a man’s attention and discredit the children lead me to believe that the governess was never sane and the imagining of the ghosts.

When the governess entered Bly she was a naive and barely legal country girl, that never had the life she wanted. She lead a small and smothered life. That type of life had its insecurities. She always was worried about appearances, especially her’s.”There was many a corner round which I expected to come upon Quint, and many situation that, in a merely sinister way, would have favored the appearance of Miss Jessel.”(Chapter 13, page 2). That quote explains the importance of appearance in her life. She was worried that Peter Quint preferred Miss Jessel even though she viewed Quint as her enemy. She was always worried about the opinions of others. Also, her life lacked the attention she desired. With “brothers and sisters and of the cat and the dog at home”(Chapter 13, page 1) her life seemed to be filled with small adventures. This is not an attribute that people who seek love. She wanted someone that would love and adore her unlike her eccentric father. However, to complete this task she would have to do something of importance. This need may have lead her to create the ghosts that would haunt and corrupt the children. The children that put her “under a charm”(Chapter 3, page 2) would have to suffer through something of importance to draw the attention of the master. The master did not want to hear about anything that the governess accomplished, good or bad. This meant that only Mrs.Grose could relay what the governess. A “stout, simple, plain, clean, wholesome woman”(Chapter 1, page 1) would have to be astonished and amazed by the painstaking task the governess undertook. Once word had gotten to the master about what she had done for the children, he would have to support her. He would be obliged to take her from the small and smothered life she had lived and bring her to newer...

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