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Question on the novel The Turn of The Screw 1. Why is Mrs Grose scared when she sees the governess looking in at the window? Mrs Grose is scared when she sees the governess looking in at the window, because she was not expecting to see anyone there and was therefore caught off guard. She was also scared because of the look the governess had on her face. "Did I look very queer", "Through this window? Dreadful!" Here Mrs Grose tells the governess that she looked 'dreadful' through the window. This indicates that this was the reason for Mrs Grose's fear . Henry James also drops hints that Mrs Grose may have been scared because she thought she had seen a ghost through the window. Mrs Grose, in seeing the governess at the window, reacts in the same way as the governess did when she saw "an extraordinary man" looking in. "She saw me as I had seen my own visitant; she pulled up short as I had done; I gave her something of the shock I had received". The fact that Mrs. Grose reacted in the same way as the governess did when she saw her 'visitant' gives an indication that Mrs Grose may have been scared because she thought the governess was a ghost or an unexpected 'visitant' when she saw her through the window. ...read more.


Also the governess says that, "it's of not seeing" the ghosts that scares her. This means she will want to see the ghosts. This leads me to believe she is the only one who can see the ghosts because she wants to see them. 7. Why is the governess so upset to see Miss Jessel? The governess is so upset to see Miss Jessel, because Miss Jessel was her "predecessor". Also the governess says that Miss Jessel had "looked at me long enough to appear to say that her right to sit at my table was as good as mine to sit at hers". The governess then expresses how she "had the extraordinary chill of a feeling that it was I who was the intruder". The governess shows that Miss Jessel's appearance made her feel insecure and also made her feel that she would be unable to fill the shoes of her predecessor. This was ultimately the reason why she was so upset to see Miss Jessel. However, on a deeper level, the governess may be upset because she sees similarities between herself and her predecessor. After her encounter with Miss Jessel in the schoolroom, her mind casts back to seeing the ghost on the stairs. The governess's realization on the stairs stresses the parallels that can be drawn between Miss Jessel and the governess herself. These parallels suggest that Miss Jessel is simply just a projection of the fears the governess has about herself. ...read more.


The governess's fear of "not seeing" these ghosts seems to be what leads to the "evil" she believes surrounds Bly and this justifies Miles calling her a 'devil' as her imagination seems to spark this evil. The lunacy and clear anxiety of the governess is what leads to Flora's deathly illness and the untimely death of Miles. Her need to know and control "everything" is what triggers the death of Miles. When she gets Miles to confess of what he did at school and gets answers from him, she feels victorious. She then says, "And his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped". Here she acknowledges Miles is dead, but she seems to claim sum sort of victory from this. She feels that finally she can posses Miles and Quint has "lost" him. Miles is fully correct when he calls the governess a 'devil', because she crosses the fine line between love and possessiveness and feels victorious when Miles is dead, purely because she feels this means Quint can no longer posses him, and she now has control of him - if in body only. She fails to realise that her paranoia and her imagination- perhaps fuelled by loneliness- is what leads her to formulate these ghosts. Her imagination has devastating effects, as it literally frightens Miles to death. She sees these ghosts because of her fear of "not seeing" them and for this reason she is the route of all evil at Bly, and is rightly labelled a 'devil' by Miles. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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