Essay on The Turn Of The Screw By Henry James

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“The Others”: From Jessel and Quint, Mrs. Grose to the Governess Fear comes from people’s limitation of knowledge of each other, especially when it comes to group of people different from the mainstream of society, whether it is because of the difference in nationality, religion, gender, race, or social classes. People tend to consider them evil and categorize them as “others”. For example, in Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw”, the two dead servants, Peter Quint, the master’s former valet and Miss. Jessel, the former governess, come back to haunt the Bly. The two figures exactly represent the class segregation in Victorian-era Britain. In this story, the servants are the “others”. Henry James’ depiction of two ghostly servants does not eliminate people’s fear towards the stereotype, but instead reinforces the demonic impression of these socially others.
Rosemary Jackson connects evil with the socially others: “The concept of evil, which is usually attached to the other, is relative, transforming with shifts in cultural fears and values.” (Jackson 52) The idea of socially others being evil is connected to individual’s definition of “norm”. By jumping out of the “norm” most of people would recognize, “the others” are challenging the traditional value of each individual member of the society, therefore threatening the culture itself. Fortunately, mainstream culture tend to shift itself from time to time, people are constantly changing their definition of “the norm”. It is…

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