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Turn Of The Screw

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Turn of the Screw is a Pre 19th century novel written by Henry James. This was a novel written to Victorian readers at the time but would have various interpretations to present readers. The Turn of the Screw was intended as a ghost story so the tale details the classic struggle between good and evil and dealings with the supernatural. If one takes this as a psychoanalytic study the story emphasizes sexual subjugation and minimal sources of insanity, repressed emotions, and portrays the apparitions to be a product of the Governess' irrational and unstable mind. It looks at how the children are innocent victims of the Governess' internal conflict and how the Governess herself is portrayed as an emotionally weak woman rather than a heroine or saviour.At the beginning of the novella the story starts to fit in with the gothic theme as they were ...read more.

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impact class has on the interaction between people, as there are numerous references to class throughout in the governess's tale, but even the characters in the prologue are concerned with class. Douglas is careful to explain part of what happened in Harley Street to make her take the position. She was 'the youngest of several daughters of a poor country' and 'her prospective employer proved gentleman'. H e also goes on to talk about the bachelor stating that such a 'figure as had never risen, save in a dream or an old novel, before a fluttered anxious girl out of a Hampshire vicarage'. There are various interpretations of The Turn of the Screw. One interprets the novel as a legitimate and very literary ghost story. The other theory says that James meant to create a psychological thriller, and that the governess was insane, the apparitions being ...read more.

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Why does James feel the need to have the narrator tell the story of Douglas telling a story that he reads from the governess's story it supposedly to make the story seem more authentic. However, it makes the story harder to believe, as readers are often with the fact that stories tend to get muddled up when retold. Douglas doesn't tell the story immediately because it was locked away thereby giving the effect that the story is private and of value. He tells the governess's story and it fits into the gothic theme as she has been dead for 20 years and he also stated that the governess was his sister's governess. From the prologue the way Douglas begins talking about the governess it is clear sensed that he had fondness of her and also he spoke of her in an affectionate manner giving the readers the impression that she was charming, agreeable and also na�ve. ...read more.

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