NAME: Abdull Rashid Inderjeeth
STUDENT NUMBER STUDY UNIT: Assignment 1
The turn of the screw definitely has two opposed and conflicting attitudes and what happens remains uncertain even in the end. It leaves readers hard to decide which accepted way to deal with this short story. The themes also bring out this uncertainty such as supernatural versus psychic, the role of woman, good versus evil. The governess can also be identified as an unreliable narrator, with her own confessions and pieces of the unconscious effects emerging.
The supernatural plays a central role in this short story, while these ghosts we see here don’t actually do anything, their effects are profound. These ghosts have affects on the mind of the living and in this case the ghosts play on the mind of the governess.
It is obvious that the governess struggles to come to terms with these supernatural objects she is seeing and tries defend the pair of innocent children from the ghost. However once you look below the surface, the issue gets more confusing because good versus evil is hard to determine, at first one may view the governess as good then after at the end of the story we more likely may view her as evil. The governess is telling the tale; there are many reasons to why we do not know why she is telling the tale which leaves us uncertain. Maybe she wants to tell us how she seen the two ghosts and how these ghosts wanted to steal the hearts and minds of the young children or maybe she told the tale on how her own hysterical and sexual repression lead directly to the death of the young boy, is this a ghost story or a confession.
I believe there are two ways of viewing the governess that can give us more insight to our uncertainties. The governess is either a sane heroine or an insane anti –heroine. In one point of view: she is totally sane, if we had to read the short story we assume that the heroine is not crazy and all of these supernatural...