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    Sometimes in our deep desire to become a hero, we can end up destroying that which we intend to save. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James explores the events of an unusual ghost story in which a newly appointed governess begins to live in Bly, a wealthy estate, where she must care for two young children: Flora and Miles. As the governess repeatedly sees ghosts throughout the estate, she becomes invested in protecting the children but is progressively concerned whether they have deeper knowledge of the ghosts or not. Several events throughout the novella and actions of the governess reflect James’ intended theme of destructive heroism that greatly affects those around her. The governess’ first sightings of the apparitions, Peter Quint and…

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    Kate Chopin is considered one of the first feminist writers of the twentieth century; she used literary realism for addressing issues of race, gender, colonialism, slavery, etc. We see her feminist approach in her portraying of women’s realities in the south and how their lack of independence and freedom affect their lives. In the other hand, Henry James is also realist in style, but he depicts reality from an objective impartial position, his personages are portrayed as a mirror. In his novel…

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    anything that I do” (James 444). In the text Daisy Miller by Henry James, an untraditional relationship develops and unfolds between Mr. Winterbourne and Miss. Daisy Miller. Upon meeting in Vevey, Switzerland, they immediately connect. After talking for half an hour, Winterbourne concludes that Daisy is an American flirt, which is not the type of woman Mr. Winterbourne is used to meeting where he lives in Geneva. As a result of this, he is immediately attracted to her. Her attitude and…

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    In Henry James’ short horror story, The Turn of the Screw, James challenges the reader’s conception of reality and reliability. Moreover, the ambiguity of truth permeating the Governess’ psyche acts as a central motif throughout the story. Whist his work prompted many literary critics to provide their own explanations, not all interpretations are of equal merit. In this regard, one can consider Wayne C. Booth’s reader-response perspective on The Turn of the Screw deserving of such merit.…

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    The work Daisy Miller, by Henry James contains many key words that stand out to a reader. Many of these words repeated through out the text, and their meanings can change as a reader continues to read. Some of these words appear as many as 51 times like “American”, or “society” which only appears 12 times. When put together, these key words tend to show the reader what the story or work is truly about. One word that appears more than any other is “young”, which appears 138 times in the text. The…

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    In Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, the reader is pulled in two directions as he or she must decide for himself or herself if the ghosts are simply projections of the governess’ unconscious or if they are truly haunting both Miles and Flora. These two differing viewpoints are a direct result of James’ use of ambiguity of the text. James’ story then changes from a simple ghost story about a governess, two ghosts, and two children to a story filled with ambiguity and questions, which contribute…

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    Patrick Henry and James Madison played two key roles in the development of the Constitution. These two men had different views on how America should be governed. Patrick Henry who was against the new Constitution and sided with the Anti-Federalists. James Madison was the architect of the Constitution and felt a powerful government was needed in order for the colonies to not fall apart. After the Revolutionary War the colonies needed some help with the low imports from Britain since they were cut…

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    When assuming that the Governess is in fact sane and the ghosts are real, it can be argued that, in The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, the Governess is a traditional gothic novel heroine. She is portrayed as an ambitious, strong-willed, innocent and intelligent young woman who, similar to any heroine, is placed in a helpless situation in which she has to protect the children from supernatural forces. Similarly, it can be argued that Catherine Morland, the main protagonist in Jane Austen’s…

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    Independent thought is described as the ability to make one’s own decisions, to decide on one’s own choices, and to complete one’s own desires. Often in the modern world, the ability is taken for granted, with many people exercising it every moment of the day. However, for people living in the 1800’s, individual experience does not exist for everyone, especially for women and children. Many authors attempt to tackle the lack of independent society, with none being greater than Emily Dickinson,…

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    Moreen’s relationship with Morgan is not common for a mother and her son. She treats him like a mere object and considers him to be worthless as he “fetch[es] her fan”. Readers can also infer that Mrs. Moreen speaks harshly of him because Pemberton is able to note that a “boy of eleven shouldn’t catch” the things she says. Nevertheless, she still has the caring heart of a parent and the reader can assume that she chose Pemberton because he was the most intelligent and wants the finest tutor for…

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