The Turn Of The Screw By Henry James

1992 Words Nov 30th, 2016 8 Pages
Henry James called his short story, “The Turn of the Screw,” a “fairytale”. He also said that the story wasn’t supposed to mean nothing more than a little ghost story. It doesn’t matter what he originally intended, James’ “The Turn of the Screw” is a main topic of debates when it comes to literacy. They all have that one question: Are the ghosts real or is it just the governess’ imagination of twisted apparitions and illusions. There are critics who have come up with their own arguments with a lot of textual evidence from James’ story and I think both sides made a good point.
In my opinion, the ghosts the governess sees are only apparitions in her twisted, distraught, mind. The ghosts posed no threat on Miles and Flora, only on the governess because she was so obsessed with them. The governess is an infatuated, blameless, and selfish character. She tries to show self-value to her boss by potentially “saving” the kids’ well-being from the oh so evil Quint and Jessel. Because the governess was entirely too obsessed with keeping the ghosts from harming the children, she caused Flora to have a drastic mental breakdown and caused Miles to eventually die.
The story is overall told through the governess’ eyes and so she basically takes us through the story. Her over character base is far from sympathetic. I would describe her as arrogant, very dramatic, hopeless, snobby, and imprisoned by her erotic fixation with an employer. When the governess makes it to Bly, she immediately…
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