Critical Analysis Of Millicent Bell's 'The Governess'

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One reason why the governess is insane is because of the fact that she is the only character to see a ghost. As we all know, it starts with her encountering the ghost of Peter Quint at the tower. She meets this ghost and that of Miss Jessel’s. There are many times in the story where the Governess sees these ghosts, but through all this time no one else sees one. Because of this, some may question her perception and vision in regards to actually seeing these ghosts. In fact, it is heavily supported in the novel that no one else sees anything. The governess points fingers multiple times throughout the story, believing that there were people involved in the presence or communication with these ghosts. She suspects everyone at one point, including the kids,…show more content…
He goes on to point out each of the ghost sightings and their effects on the plot. One thing he addresses is how the story is biased in the eyes of the governess and what she sees. Because of this, he looks at the story with uncertainty as it all comes together. He sees the fear and emotional shift in the governess and uses this to blame for the change of course in the story. He specifically says “The governess's ‘seeing’—moral and mental-physical—is what we are made... to ponder, to question… it is an imagination incapable of perceiving ambiguity, only capable of admitting one view and excluding the other.” As a whole, he points out how obsession drives the story from the selfless woman we know from the beginning of the book to the dangerous one we see at the end of the story. This is somewhat shadowed as the governess tries to defend her actions, but it is obvious how she becomes fed up with emotion and fear. It is this fear that changes everything and causes everything to fall apart. However, it is evident that it is all a part of the governess’s head, and through this she is driven by a sense of
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