Henry James, age 11, with his father, Henry James Sr. His father was intelligent, steadfastly congenial, and a lecturer and philosopher who had inherited independent means from his father, an Albany banker and investor. Mary came from a wealthy family long settled in New York City. Her sister Katherine lived with her adult family for an extended period of time.
The more I go over it, the more I see in it, and the more I see in it, the more I fear. A governess is hired to look after the nephew and niece of a man who has inherited the responsibility for the children after the death of their parents.
He is very explicit in his instructions to the governess that he is not to be bothered with excessive communications. The governess is young and pretty and wants to impress her new employer by doing exactly what he wishes.
She wants to be seen as competent, and in a sense this need to please proves to be a vulnerability that, as she tries to shield and protect, she actually puts everyone at more risk.
Risk of what you might ask? That becomes the unknown element of the story. What nature of evil are we dealing with?
The children are ethereally beautiful. The governess is compromised immediately by preconceived notions, that we all have to a certain extent, that beauty equates to goodness. It was inconceivable to her that he was capable of anything remotely improper.
As the governess begins to try to understand her young charges, she also begins to discover that there are swirling questions about what has happened to other people who have been associated with the children in the past.
She cross examines the housekeeper and more carefully the children, ferreting out bits and pieces of information that leave a murky picture in her mind.
The reluctance which everyone shows in speaking about the past makes the governess more and more suspicious that something potentially perplexing lies in the truth. She starts to see dead people. What I had then had an ugly glimpse of was that my eyes might be sealed just while theirs were most opened.
It becomes a game of ignoring these phantoms in the hopes that the children would not become aware of the existence of these ghosts, of Quint, the butler, and Miss Jessel, the ex-governess.
Both of these people were obsessed with the children when they were alive. The question becomes what do they want with the children now? Henry James weaves in these awkward interactions between the governess and Miles.
There are moments when the young lad seems to be attempting to seduce his governess. The governess is not totally immune to the charm of the handsome boy.
But I gave myself up to it; it was an antidote to any pain, and I had more pains than one. There is certainly a desperation to how she attempts to protect the children, fully determined to keep the situation under control without having to contact her employer.Henry James, OM 15 April – The Turn of the Screw, Covering End () A Little Tour of France () The Sacred Fount () David Lodge also wrote a long essay about writing about Henry James in his collection The Year of Henry James: The Story of a Novel.
Notes James was also an eager poet – his peak after. The Turn of the Screw has been the subject of numerous adaptations and reworkings in a variety of media, and these reworkings and adaptations have, themselves, been analysed in the academic literature on Henry James and neo-Victorian ashio-midori.com: Henry James.
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The Turn of the Screw by: Henry James The Turn Here's where you'll find analysis about the book as a whole, from the major themes and ideas to analysis of style, tone, point of view, and more.
Get ready to write your paper on The Turn of the Screw with our suggested essay topics, sample essays, and more. 5 stars to Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. Perhaps America's greatest writer from our Realistic period, James's ghost story sets itself above all the rest -- and he has a lot to choose from.
Consider this story a nanny's mind game - but who is in control?/5. Dive deep into Henry James' The Turn of the Screw with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion Closer in length to a novella than to a novel, The Turn of the Screw is made up of a brief.