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Do Miles or Flora ever see the ghosts?

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seapointe1 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted August 13, 2010 at 10:33 PM via web

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Do Miles or Flora ever see the ghosts?

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:52 PM (Answer #1)

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In James' Turn of the Screw the reader is treated to several descriptions of the ghosts that the governess thinks are haunting Miles and Flora. However, the information is never given clearly enough to determine if the children themselves see the ghosts. James is telling the story through the eyes of an unreliable narrator, who may or may not be delusional, and is, at the very least, obsessive about her young charges. It is left up to the reader to decide if Miles and Floraalso see the ghosts, but there is evidence in the text to support that something secretive is going on between the two children and that the governess does have grounds for concern.

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