How do the storytelling techniques in The Governess serve to bolster the moral message the work seeks to convey?
The Governess uses the framing device of a school to comment on and draw moral lessons from the stories in the text. The author, therefore, guides the reader in interpreting these stories by depicting the teacher guiding her pupils, ensuring that they concentrate on the didactic elements rather than the more fanciful ones.
The principal storytelling technique in The Governess is classically didactic, using the framing device of a school to tell a variety of stories, all of which have a moral message. This message is often explicitly stated and may be discussed and evaluated by the characters. After the story of Barbarico and Benefico, for instance, Jenny seeks reassurance from Mrs. Teachum that this was an appropriately moral story to share with...
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