Monday, March 18, 2019
Critical Response to the Turn of the Screw Essay -- Henry James
Henry James novella the Turn of the Screw is a highly ambiguous piece of fiction. Set in Edwardian England, a very nave woman is left in charge of twain young children. The beautiful Bly however appears to be hiding a some dark secrets. The appearance of two ghosts plays on the governess mind, she comes to the conclusion the children are in danger and being possessed by these two horrors. Throughout the novella James successfully creates a mystical atmosphere, his ambiguous style forces us to think twice about what is written and decide for ourselves whether or non this is purely a ghost story or something far more sinister. However after several reads and a close look screwing the words, it becomes clear that the ghosts that haunt the house of Bly are nothing more than hallucinations and may be the result of a serious case of sexual repression in the governess.The governess is a hopeless romantic, that becomes clear at the very beginning. The daughter of a poor parishioner, th e governess has had a very sheltered life, making her into kinda a nave woman, but no doubt very curious. The governess had only in one case had a position involving children before she accepted the position at Bly. She was quite nervous and unsure in regards to her own abilities. Yet she took the job. Why? She believed the employer to be the most handsome of men, with a most kind and generous nature. This impression was formed over one very short meeting. As the governess arrives at Bly she mentions I had expected something quite dull and dreary, so this place was a wonderful surprise. I wondered why he (employer) had failed to mention it. The governess is also supple to tell the housekeeper Mrs Grose I am carried onward quite easily. I was carried away in Londo... ...ce was close and he let me kiss it and her description of Miles face oh you know what a boy wants are all unnecessary. The plot of the ghosts debauch the children is what the governess tales is supposed to be a bout, just a ghost story. So adding in constant little sentences like these makes us question whether this is really a ghost story at all, or something more vindictive. The ambiguity of this novella shows that the ghosts cannot possibly be real and are a mere human body of the governess imagination. Her romantic, whimsical state of mind, strange and elaborate use of words and all the way shown indecency with Miles gives sufficient evidence to say she was suffering a consummate(a) case of sexual repression, brought on by her sheltered childhood and lonely position in society. However these circumstances are no justify for the damage she caused those poor children.