The Turn Of The Screw Essay

2160 Words Nov 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw has lead to a great deal of discussion and analysis from scholars and students for over fifty years. James’s novella is a ghost story that is mostly told through the perspective of a young woman, a Governess, who is put in charge of taking care of two children, Miles and Flora, at an estate in Bly. The Governess adores the two children and considers them both charming, beautiful, and perfect, which is understandable given that Miles and Flora are portrayed as well mannered, innocent children who, as the Governess becomes more absorbed in her responsibilites, give her little to no trouble. One afternoon, she takes a walk around the estate and begins to think, quite romantically, about her employer, the children’s uncle, before she sees a man on top of the house’s tower, who stares down at her for a long moment, quite menacingly. The Governess sees the intruder again, which leads her to discuss her sightings with the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose, who tells her that the man she saw is Peter Quint, a former valet for the house who is now dead. Furthermore, while the Governess is out with Flora, watching her play, she feels the appearance of a second ghost, Miss Jessel, who Mrs. Grose says was the Governess’s predecessor. In the context of the whole novella, how the Governess reacts to the ghosts shows three different states of mind that the Governess was possibly in throughout the story. Peter Quint and Miss Jessel can be, as what the Governess…

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