Enn315-Turn of the Screw

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‘The Turn of the Screw is essentially an ambivalent text. Its narrative prompts divergent, even opposite readings, but does not reconcile them. What happens remains irrevocably uncertain’

James uses the prologue to the novel to introduce the themes with in this Novella but more importantly he encourages the readers to be active in reading between the lines , and not to accept what is said at face value , James achieves this by surrounding Douglass with a group of people who are clearly and intently open about reading into the manuscripts further , they are critical and sceptical, James also encourages the readers to search for sexual insinuations as Mrs Griffin does about the sexual history between Douglas and the governess in the
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She assumes he is corrupting the other learners, but instead of trying to find out what actually happened she chooses a difficult path for herself , as the reader we can only assume that it is to win the favour of her employer that she chooses to for full the role of the saviour.

The first supernatural account defiantly makes agreeing with the opening statement easy as there are so many ways that Peter Quint’s first sitting could be interpreted. Firstly and most obviously, as the unknown narrator made clear that this was a ghost story, as just that a supernatural occurrence. Peter Quint had a tie to Bly. He was the valet and as alluded to by Mrs Grose in the early chapter he liked his girls nice and young. He would defiantly continue the corruption of the children. Or this could be a fragment of the governess’s reality in two ways. Firstly to construct some sort of evil to protect her charges from, so she could assume the role of saviour and hero to impress her employer or it could be because the governess was fantasising about seeing someone around the grounds , hopefully her employer , her desire for a master makes us question the authenticity of this apparition. Her mind may have fabricated him as a desire of sexual desire. The governess claims about the ghost become more and more subjective as the novella progresses, she eventually concludes after a few sightings of explicit description that

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