Turn Of The Screw Essay

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Turn of the Screw Essay. Turn of the Screw is a gothic novella about a young Governess who leaves her childhood life behind, and goes to work in a mysterious house to look after two young children, whose parents are dead. At the end of the novel, a strange and terrible tragedy occurs, which changes the reader’s perspective on the book completely. However despite reading the book, there are still many questions which remain unanswered. For example, why was Miles expelled from school? How did Miss Jessel die, and what made her leave? How exactly were Miles and Peter Quint, and Flora and Miss Jessel “too close”? Throughout the book, Henry James confounds the reader by holding back key information that would otherwise develop the story. He clouds the plot, and makes it difficult to understand by giving the reader a lot of information very quickly, but never explaining the information he gives. The main feelings that I had whilst reading Turn of the Screw, were both desperation and confusion. I wanted to read on, whilst at the same time push the book away. For the first few chapters of the book, I was curious about who the governess was, and why she had come to Bly. When she first saw Peter Quint the ‘ghost’ on the tower, I did not feel terrified, simply eager to know who he was, and why he was there. However, progressing through the book, I began to feel uneasy about what was happening. There were many unanswered questions that made me feel confused and distressed about what was really going on. The story of the ‘other’ governess, Miss Jessel, compelled me to read on, as I wanted to know what had happened to her. By the second half of the book, I was no closer to finding out any of the questions that had at first drawn me to read on. I was no longer ‘curious’ but frustrated and distressed. I wanted to know the answers to why the governess is so suspicious of the
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