MWDS Turn of the Screw Essay

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Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

Title: Turn of the Screw
Author: Henry James
Date of Publication: 1898
Genre: Gothic Ghost story
Biographical Information about the Author:
Henry James was born in New York, then alternated between living in England and America, but most of his writing career took place in England, where he eventually settled and died. His brother was a famous psychologist and his sister a diarist. His education was odd: he mostly learned from tutors, but occasionally attended schools in Europe, and never learned the Greek classics as typical of the time. He lived in France for a time and became fluent in French. He could not serve in the civil war, tried out law school, then
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(pg. 68)
Parallelism: I sat for a long time before a blank sheet of paper and listened to the lash of the rain and the batter of the gusts. (pg. 61)
Simple, terse dialogue: “Afraid of what?”
“Of things that man could do. Quint was so clever—he was so deep.” (pg. 26) Memorable Quotes
Five Key Quotes (+ Citation)
“It was a big, ugly, antique, but convenient house, embodying a few features of a building still in order, half-replaced and half-utilized, in which I had the fancy of our being almost as lost as a handful of passengers in a great drifting ship. Well, I was, strangely, at the helm!” (End of Ch.1)
Significance of each Quote This metaphor as Bly as an ocean and the house with the governess, Miles and Flora as passengers, captained by the governess is important for foreshadowing the future events of the story. Looking back at the metaphor, it very appropriately expresses how lost the governess truly was amid the washing of the mystery of the ghosts. The significance of the governess being at the helm is acknowledgement that the whole situation was under her control, supporting that perhaps the whole issue was a figment of her imagination. The ship lost at sea is also reminiscent of the crippling isolation of the country home at Bly.
Oh it was a trap—not designed, but deep—to imagination, to my delicacy, perhaps to my vanity; to whatever,

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