The Turn Of The Screw By Henry James

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A Screw Loose

During the course of the novella, “The Turn of the Screw”, by Henry James, the governess continuously encounters ghosts that seemingly only appear to her. As the story progresses, the governess starts postulating a relationship between Miles, Flora, and the supposed corruptive ghosts. However, due to the fact that the ghosts are not seen when others are present at the time of the sightings indicate that they fail to exist. Moreover, through the evidence presented in the text, the governess is an unreliable narrator and her actions should be judged as insane due to her delusional mental condition. The governess has a questionable sense of judgement throughout the story. At the beginning when the governess initially visits Bly, she alludes to her own instability. She states, “I remember the whole thing as a succession of flights and drops a little see saw of right throbs and the wrong” (James I-1). Before she starts even working at Bly, the governess is very unsure of whether or not she made the right decision. She is expecting the worst and only after exchanging pleasantries does she feel more elevated. Although, it’s the fact that she describes her mood in terms of ups and downs that signify a bipolar-like mentality in her thoughts from the very beginning. Every person goes through ups and downs, however those who are diagnosed as unstable let their frequent volatile emotions affect their lives greatly. Soon after her initial experience, the…
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