The Turn Of The Screw By Henry James

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I. Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw” a young Governess is hired by a wealthy man who is the uncle to two children that live in Bly, the estate and setting in which the story takes place. In the ghastly tale by James, the Governess begins to notice things that are out of place. The old manor is home to a host of souls that have perished previous to her arrival, which leaves the governess on edge as she becomes more and more aware of the odd happenings in Bly. The story focuses on the haunting of the Governess by the former valet known as Peter Quint and the previous governess Miss Jessel.
II. The Governess is the protagonist of this story. She is a young woman, of twenty years, so it is safe to say that she is inexperienced in most things, let alone handling the responsibilities of being the caretaker of two children on an estate. She falls in love with the children’s uncle, her employer, and does all she can to desperately win over his affection, even though she never communicates with him after being hired. She is cause for readers’ debates, for they argue whether she truly saw ghosts, or was insane.
Mrs.Grose is the head servant at the estate. She becomes the Governess’s ally and closest confidant in Bly. She keeps cool as she listens to the Governess and all of her woes. She recognizes the Governess as higher up on the pecking order and in turn shows a great deal of respect to the Governess. Mrs.Grose is close to the children and is often guarding them from the…
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