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. However after several reads and a close look behind the words, it becomes clear that the ‘ghosts’ that haunt the house of Bly are nothing more than hallucinations and may be the result of a serious case of sexual repression in the governess. The governess is a hopeless romantic, that becomes clear at the very beginning. The daughter of a poor parishioner, the governess has had a very sheltered life, making her into quite a naïve woman, but no doubt very curious. The governess had only once had a position involving children before she accepted the position at Bly.
However, as we closely examine the state of mind of the governess, her reliability does appear to be in question. Beidler provided two readings of The Turn of the Screw and in the second one he declared: ¡§the governess saw only what she wanted to see¡¨ (Beidler 9). She was so exhausted from her prolonged insomnia that she envisioned a story with ghosts for herself to fulfill her growth as a governess.
The novel The Turn of the Screw, describes a newly hired governess’ experience working in the household of Bly and was written years after the ordeal. In this novel the governess experiences multiple encounters with apparitions that seem to only appear around her. For this reason many people question the credibility of the author and theorize whether the ghosts in this novel are real. It is quite clear that these apparitions are merely hallucinations because of the governesses’ obsession with the master, lack of sleep, and faulty memory that resulted in her paranoid, repressed mental state. When applying to work at Bly, the master’s one condition for the governess was, “That she should never trouble him—but never, never: neither appeal nor
For instance; when Deborah’s parents bring her to the institute, her mother hears other patients screaming, this causes her to frighten and worried for Deborah. Throughout the novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Deborah makes herself an imaginary kingdom that’s goes by the name of Yr. Dr. Fried believes Deborah made this king... ... middle of paper ... ...eberg wrote an inspiring novel about a troubled girl who fought her way through her illness. This book was very effective for anyone who is looking to read an inspiring novel about a recovering schizophrenic. Though there are many horrifying events throughout the novel, it shows the true battle of mental illness and that it isn’t easy. Schizophrenia by definition is “a challenging disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and unreal, think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and function normally”; this is a frightening definition however it doesn’t mean it can’t be cured.
A Young Woman's Fantasy in The Turn of the Screw The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, is an odd story about a young woman who, leaving her small country home for the first time, takes a job as a governess in a wealthy household. Shortly after her arrival, she begins to suffer from insomnia and fancies that she sees ghosts roaming about the grounds. James is a master story-teller and, at times, the complexities of the story make it difficult to follow. The Turn of the Screw is a story within a story, the tale of the governess being read aloud as a ghost story among friends. Harold C. Goddard wrote a fascinating piece of criticism entitled "A Pre Freudian Reading of The Turn of the Screw."
In the memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking written by Joan Didion, she concludes that grief is a state of mental illness through personal experience with the occurrences of her husband’s death and her daughter’s sickness. Despite the magical thinking and vortex effects holding her back, Didion utilizes literature to learn from the tragedies and accept to overcome their fates to be able to move forward in life. (Word Count
Once the resolution has occurred, the audience finds itself wondering what all the fuss was about (Puig). Khouri’s alterations to the movie resulted in a loss of the complexities and depth of not just the mother-daughter relationship, but others as well while the book celebrates the richness of every interaction. The most obvious difference between the book and the movie is the plot. In the text, the reader is plunged into a mother-daughter feud when Sidda describes her mother, Vivi, as “a tap-dancing child abuser of a mother” (Wells 3). This comment, along with many other reputation-damaging comments, leads Vivi into a pure drama queen tirade.
Instead, once the sister proves The Rough-Faced Girl can see her brother, she bathes her and all her scars disappear. My interpretation of this is that Ooch... ... middle of paper ... ...on. Works Cited Behrens and Rosen. Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum 11 ed. Longman, 2011.
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.
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.