The Turn Of The Screw By Henry James

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Throughout the Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, we are introduced to four main characters; the Governess, Mrs. Grose, Miles, and Flora. Other minor characters in the book are Miss Jessel, Peter Quint, and the children’s Uncle. I think Henry James portrays each of these characters in a certain mysterious and ambiguous way, and this is what helps catch the reader’s attention. Some people believe that Henry James wants the reader to infer that the entire story was just a hallucination that the Governess had. While others say that the Governess was completely sane and that the events throughout the story should have and could have driven her to insanity. There are many different interpretations of this novel, and I think that’s exactly how Henry James wanted it to be. Each audience has a different perspective on the story and how they think it should play out. “In The Turn of the Screw, it is presented with a twist, for between all the vague pronouns of the novel and the uncertainty caused by the fact that the other characters in the text do not witness the ghosts that the governess seems to observe, there is the fact that the reader is forced to interpret well beyond what the text explicitly states. (Elizabeth Dill)” This article, “James Gothic in The Turn of the Screw” goes to explain how the way that Henry James presents the characters and leaves the reader with uncertainty and with little clarity. This is also supported by how he gives vague descriptions of the characters

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