I suspect that the house, or a spirit specifically attached to the house, is responsible for the paranormal phenomena. The house has a very sketchy past, and I think that coincides directly with the strange things going on. Dr. Montague says “‘Hill House has an impressive list of tragedies connected with it, but then, most old houses have. People have to live and die, somewhere, after all, and a house can hardly stand for eighty years without seeing some of its inhabitants die within its walls’” (page 57). More specifically, I think that the spirit of Hugh Crain or his daughter is what is haunting the house.
An unfortunate end for her child but to Sethe it was a necessary action to ultimately protect her child. Decades pass and Sethe finds herself in a haunted house 124 with Denver and it is haunted by what she soon suspects to be the spirit of her firstborn baby daughter she had killed so long ago. Most people would find supernatural occurrences a problem that would need to be dealt with. Sethe and Denver knew what was going on in their house but weren’t scared of the spirit. Sethe continued with her duties and Denver the introvert child of her community had made friends with the spirit.
She didn’t know that that memory was going to only add to her daily hauntings. The memories of her cruel act against her children was only one more thing that added to the stack of her upsetting history. She spends her whole life trying to avoid thinking about her past, but that is a hard thing to overcome for a former slave who had to do unspeakable things in order to live. Further in the novel readers discover along with Sethe the ghost in which they call Beloved is the rebirth of her slayed daughter.... ... middle of paper ... ...novel Beloved by Toni Morrison there is a reoccurring theme that history will haunt you and it is shown in this novel by Beloved, Denver, and Sethe. Boris Kodjoe once said, “Don't ignore the past, but deal with it, on your own pace.
Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved is a ghost story. There’s a literal ghost who haunts the characters from the book, but at the same time, the novel is about the ghosts of the past that have haunted the entire country since the days of slavery. [perceptive] Set a few years after slavery ended, and based on a true story, Beloved tells the story of a former slave named Sethe who has settled in Ohio with her three children. But when her house begins to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman, the past comes back to remind her of a painful past [Good] Sethe believes that the ghost is the spirit of Beloved, her oldest child who she escaped from slavery with years ago. When she and her family were found by the plantation owner, Sethe tried to kill her children rather than have them returned to slavery, but only ended up killing Beloved.
As Douglas reads the story, the point of view shifts and the story is narrated by a different character. It is precisely his sister’s governess who narrates her mysterious experience in which she claims she has a ghost encounter. The manipulation of point of view through the narrators is what makes this novella a masterpiece; James’s use of point of view not only alters the scheme of a traditional ghost story but also connotes an effort to involve the reader in the story in order to question the narrator’s reliability. As said above, a first narrator introduces the reader to the story as well as explains the nature of it through a character named Douglas, but it is the presence of a second narrator what establishes a difficulty to the reader. The interior voice of the manuscript, so to speak, embodied in the figure of the governess, makes problematically decide whether the apparitions are real or mere delusions.
As Douglas reads the story, the point of view shifts and the story is narrated by a different character. It is precisely his sister’s governess who narrates her mysterious experience, in which she claims she has a ghost encounter. Because of the manipulation of point of view through the narrators, this novella is considered a masterpiece. Henry James’s use of point of view not only is an effort to involve the reader in the story in order for the reader to question the narrator’s reliability but also alters the structure of a traditional ghost story. As said above, a first narrator introduces the reader to the story as well as explains the origin of the story through a character named Douglas.
By reliving so many memories so quickly she is almost shattered by it until the community comes to her rescue. Sweet Home is one of the things that Sethe must encounter. The ghost in 124 plays a major part in the folklore of the book. The ghost seems to be reincarnated as the devil in the form of Beloved, which the women of the town come to face. The devil was born into the spirit of Sethe’s daughter when she is killed in the barn.
Paul D can't forget what he saw at Sweet Home. Sethe struggles to forget about the death of her baby. It is the idea that we can only remember the past, not change it. The second tone that can be found is ominous. There is a buildup of suspense as well as the horrible things that happened at sweet home to the “ghost” haunting 124.
Henry James’ novella the Turn of the Screw is a highly ambiguous piece of fiction. Set in Edwardian England, a very naïve woman is left in charge of two young children. The beautiful Bly however appears to be hiding a few dark secrets. The appearance of two ghosts plays on the governess’ mind, she comes to the conclusion the children are in danger and being possessed by these two horrors. Throughout the novella James successfully creates a mystical atmosphere, his ambiguous style forces us to think twice about what is written and decide for ourselves whether or not this is purely a ghost story or something far more sinister.
The frightening and true stories found within the pages of this book are about these inquisitive investigators’ encounters with The Ghosts of St. Albans Sanatorium. In addition, Shelli Sprouse Meade explores the history of the sanatorium in the first chapter of the book,