The Turn Of The Screw By Henry James

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (2010) is designed to have many interpretations in terms of its characters, chain of events and its narration. Many people believe the main idea of this narrative is whether it is apparitionist or non-apparitionist. They question the Governess’s ability to see ghosts. However, this paper will demonstrate that this narrative is in essence a love story regardless of supernatural events. Through the analysis of the frame, it is easy to accept that the Turn of the Screw is a compilation of love stories. The frame presents three love stories; it describes a relationship between Douglas and the Governess, the master of Bly and the Governess, and hints at a love story between the Governess and Miles. The examination of diction, imagery, characterization and figurative language in these love stories will prove that each love story aids in the transmission, the transcription or the plot of the main narrative. The frame describes how Douglas decided to tell the townspeople the ghost story. Before reciting the tale, Douglas hints at his relationship with the Governess. Douglas refers to her as “the most charming person” (James 155) and believed “she was the most agreeable woman [he’s] ever known in her position; she would have been worthy of any whatever” (155) and “had the most beautiful hand” (155). By analysing diction, it is evident that Douglas was very fond of this woman. The use of the word “most” shows that she was not just “agreeable”…
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