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The Turn of the Screw

At the very beginning of this nested tale the first narrator gives away the meaning of the title. It all begins with the narrator (presumably Henry James, or another unnamed speaker) explaining...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2015, 11:22 am (UTC)

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There has been considerable scholarly argument over this issue. The answer really depends upon whether you trust the rather unreliable narration of the governess and whether you believe that the...

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Vladimir Propp used Formalism to analyze Russian folklore. Formalism argues that all literary works can be understood on their own, outside of social and historical context. To understand a...

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Most of the works by Henry James leave topics open to interpretation. However, the topic of sexuality has been approached from many points of view by different scholars. The one I will discuss is...

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In the novel The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, the characters of Peter Quint, a valet, and Miss Jessel, a governess, consistently appear to siblings Flora and Miles, in an apparent quest for...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2011, 11:17 am (UTC)

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"There lies the rub," as a famous quote from Hamlet would put it. One of the reasons I personally find this novella so compelling is the way that Henry James presents himself as the master of...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2011, 7:12 pm (UTC)

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Henry James was writing at a time when sexual matters were not explicitly discussed in stories and novels. A female character in a novel might have a dozen children, but there was never any...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012, 5:19 pm (UTC)

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It is very important to realise that the majority of critics argue that this book is not about a battle between the forces of good and evil at all. Rather it is a very complex psychological study...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2011, 7:47 pm (UTC)

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In James's The Turn of the Screw, the governess is trapped on an old estate in which reality feels turned upside down. The writer uses literary devices to makes the reader feel as confused and lost...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016, 4:26 pm (UTC)

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The main idea that Henry James conveys in The Turn of the Screw does not come across as traditionally clear as the reader would wish. This is because the focalized perspective of the novel is the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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I think it is oversimplifying the governess's role in "The Turn of the Screw" to try to label her as either hero or villain. Her actions are really neither heroic nor villainous when seen within...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2010, 4:35 am (UTC)

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The best way to acquire the reader's complete attention is by making the narrative simple, active, and prone to making connections. Henry James achieves this in The Turn of the Screw in several...

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The ghost-story style presented by Henry James in The Turn of the Screw had never been questioned until the publication of the 1934 article by Edmund Wilson titled "The Ambiguity of Henry James"....

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As a representative of the Gothic genre, the pervasive tone and mood of the novel The Turn of the Screw reunite the following qualities: psychological (more so than physical) isolation- The...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2013, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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Three main themes of The Turn of the Screw are the struggle between good and evil, the difference between reality and fantasy, and the existence of supernatural spirits. By leaving many issues...

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All chapters, if read closely, reveal the mental condition and changing feelings of the governess, but Chapters Two, Three, Six, Nine, and Fifteen are particularly revealing. In Chapter Two the...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010, 11:08 am (UTC)

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In The Turn of the Screw, Henry James uses multiple narrators to set up a frame story and then to allow one of the main characters to speak in her own voice. The story begins at a bit of a distance...

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The ending of The Turn of the Screw is famously ambiguous, meaning it is unclear why Miles died. In the final paragraphs of the novella, the governess believes she sees the ghost of Peter Quint....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2021, 2:42 am (UTC)

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This is a good question with several possibilities. When your teacher asks you to be specific and original it is probably because the entire novel treats the theme of whether the Governess is...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012, 4:39 pm (UTC)

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There is no textual evidence that the ghosts pose any real, direct threat to the children. The children never admit to seeing or interacting with the ghosts. The ghosts, however, seem to pose an...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010, 11:20 am (UTC)

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You could definitely make a case for insanity in terms of the governess. Insanity is a them in this novel. The question of whether the governess is actually seeing the ghosts or hallucinating in an...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2007, 1:09 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2010, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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In common with many ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw employs the literary device of the unreliable narrator. Primarily, this is designed to hold the reader's attention, to make them want to get...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2020, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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Let's answer your question step by step, shall we? :) Henry James uses his literary license to refrain from excessive descriptors, dramatic endings, nor embellished narrative, in his novel, The...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2011, 11:11 am (UTC)

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By "foundation of narratology," I am supposing you mean the essential components of narratological study rather than the historical background that begins with Russian Formalists and sembiotcs...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2012, 12:57 am (UTC)

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Henry James's The Turn of the Screw is a much-discussed work of literature. Many critics label it as a ghost story, while others believe that the governess's sightings of Quint and Miss Jessel are...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011, 8:33 am (UTC)

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I would argue that the relationship of the governess with other members of the household, in particular with Mrs. Grose, the rather naive and innocent housekeeper, is key in the way that the plot...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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The governess says that Flora sees Miss Jessel in the garden. The governess is with Flora, strolling through the garden on a quiet walk and enjoying the beauty of the garden in the English...

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Henry James' The Turn of the Screw is what's often referred to as a nested narrative, which is basically a fancy term for a story within a story. In James' novella, we are originally introduced to...

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When Henry James began writing The Turn of the Screw, he was a quintessential struggling artist. The author's attempt at being a playwright failed terribly with the culmination, in 1895, of his...

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Henry James's novel The Turn of the Screw is essentially a horror novel that includes typical Gothic characteristics. As your comment indicates, sexuality is not a topic that is treated lightly in...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011, 7:16 am (UTC)

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As a graduate student, the main issue you will encounter in trying to apply psychoanalytic theory to Henry James' Turn of the Screw is that this story has been subject to various forms of...

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Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw is one of the most famously ambiguous works ever written. Critics have debated for many decades whether ghosts are real or whether they are merely...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012, 6:17 am (UTC)

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I suppose one of the central aspects of this story that makes it timeless is the way that, although it is obviously based in one context, it contains elements and themes that are universal and are...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2011, 7:46 pm (UTC)

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Feminist readings of Henry James' story The Turn of the Screw can investigate three different issues: the culture described in the story, the individual female characters in the story, and the...

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Critics offer two interpretative views on The Turn of the Screw. One is that the story is only a ghost story such as were popular in the 19th century. The other is that it is a psychoanalytic study...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2010, 5:11 am (UTC)

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It appears from the text itself that there is nothing to suggest that the ghosts of Miss Jessel and of Peter Quint are linked to any specific location. Rather, what draws them to where they haunt...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2011, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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The work of Henry James is generally agreed to be split into three sections. In the first section he wrote works that mainly focused on the impact of the class between Europe, the older (and seen...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012, 8:31 am (UTC)

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The way in which the threat to the children is constructed in The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, begins with the governess's vision of Miss Jesselby the pond and the vision of Peter Quint from...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011, 12:35 am (UTC)

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Henry James's novel, The Turn of The Screw, is a frame story; however, the action never returns where it begins. It begins, of course, in a home during the winter as a group of people, tickled by...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2013, 5:58 pm (UTC)

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Of course, greatly influenced by Nietzsche, Foucault takes a truly pessimistic view of truth indicating that truth itself does not really exist because it can always be changed and is directly...

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At the end of chapter 21, Mrs. Grose and Flora leave for London. The governess hopes that, separated from his sister, Miles will be more likely to, as she puts it, "confess" to his crimes. And, she...

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As with any outline, begin with an introductory paragraph. Within this paragraph, say what the aim of the paper is (in this case, the effects of isolation in The Turn of the Screw) and then end the...

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Search for Project Guttenberg online, as well as bibliomania and library.org. Or, you could just go to Google or some other search engine and type in "free online books" or "free...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2007, 6:07 am (UTC)

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The Turn of the Screw has many qualities in common with Henry James’s other novels, but it is also unusual in having numerous Gothic elements. James was born and raised in a well-to-do, socially...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 12:33 am (UTC)

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Henry James lived from 1843 to 1916, a period of significant worldwide social and political unrest. Two things that occurred in particular in 1848, when he was still a child, were that the Woman's...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2015, 7:25 am (UTC)

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Henry James's novellaThe Turn of the Screwbelongs to the genre of Romanticism, particularly its darker "counterpart", known as Gothic literature. Romantic and Gothic works in literature use realism...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2012, 9:01 pm (UTC)

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I would want to argue that such Gothic conventions as you have highlighted greatly enhance the feeling of terror that the reader experiences through reading this excellent ghost story. Clearly, the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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