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Focusing on chapter seven of "The turn of the screw", explain how Henry James creates tension for the reader.

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Focusing on chapter seven of "The turn of the screw", explain how Henry James creates tension for the reader. In the "Turn of the Screw" the story line is focused on ghosts and tension. Henry James wrote the book in 1898 The novel is based on a governess who works in at a large country house and is in charge of two children called Flora and Miles. They are both innocent at the beginning of the story but they turn evil when ghosts appear at Bly. There are two ghosts called Peter Quint and Miss Jessel. The governess first spots Peter Quint on the top of the tower and Miss Jessel was seen by the lake by Flora. The governess begins to become very scared and loses trust in the children. Flora becomes so scared of the governess that Mrs Grose takes her to London. Miles also becomes scared at the end of the novel as he dies in the governess' arms. At the time Henry James wrote his novel horror stories were very popular. Authors would write but things such as big houses this creates the horror tension in the novel as there will be no contact to the outside world this makes the reader scared which causes tension and suspense. ...read more.


At the end of the chapter we still don't actually know what happens even at the end of the book. Henry James would want this so it could create tension and suspense for the following chapters. Also during chapter seven the governess is hinting questions to Mrs Grose to see whether she could get any information out of her: - 'My predecessor - the one who died.' 'Miss Jessel?' 'Miss Jessel. You don't believe me?' The governess was hinting towards asking who it was but Mrs Grose had already answered the same question for her. This makes the governess in control throughout the conversation. This suggests that the governess is the stronger character and is able to ask questions and Mrs Grose should be able to give answers, as she is the weak side of the conversation. There is also a lot of doubt throughout the chapter, whether the governess is lying or telling the truth. 'Miss Jessel. You don't you believe?' I pressed ...'How can u be sure?' The governess cant be sure as the governess has she hasn't seen a picture of Miss Jessel and they have never spoke of her. This creates tension and suspense as we begin to doubt the governess from what she saw and if she saw anything at all. ...read more.


This also shows she is a ghost and she has some unfinished business to sort out at Bly. This is another way in which Henry James creates suspense and tension for the reader. The ending of chapter seven is the main point of tension and suspense through out the chapter: - "Its far worse than I dreamed - they're lost." This is a cliffhanger, which makes the reader want to read on. The cliffhanger is very exaggerated as the governess thinks she has lost both Miles and Floras soul and trust. My opinion of Henry James' novel differs. At the beginning of the novel Henry James explains very well, about what Bly looks like and the governess' feelings. I like the style in which Henry James did this, but the main appearance of a ghost isn't until chapter seven so this laves the reader waiting for some action. The bad thing about Henry James novel is the context of the language. For me it was very hard to understand and I came across quite a few words that I didn't understand. The sentence structure was also very difficult to follow, as the ones used were very long and complicated. After a while though I had got used to the structure, I enjoyed a good novel. Essay written by Sam Brooksbank ...read more.

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