Turn Of The Screw: The Governess

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There are several views of the Governess’ behavior toward the children and the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose throughout the ghostly story. In the novella Turn of the Screw by Henry James, he addresses the situation by writing a complex solution which is for the Governess’ to protect the children. James successfully characterizes the Governess’ in Bly to be a sane woman who stumbles upon supernatural activity. She portrays a reliable narrator as she shares her experience in the Bly household. Shortly after spotting a mysterious figure on the tower, the Governess has more interactions with an unknown male. She illustrates him to have “good features...eyes are sharp….lips are thin (23)” to the housekeeper. Her clear description of the man, whom we learn is the late, Peter Quint, supported her claim that she witnessed him peering through the window and she was coherent enough to recognize his features. In addition, she comes across, yet another ghost she does not recognize. The Governess…show more content…
Quint. In order to shelter Miles and Flora, she hunts for more details of the relationship between the ghosts and the children when she develops “a sense that [she] must stay (58).” This gives readers the impression that she is determined to solve the issue and is aware of the dangers she may endure. Her motivation to care for Miles and Flora emphasize the influence of her actions as a sane woman. Furthermore, her reliability as a narrator is sincere and stable with evidence of conveying her observations of the children and the ghosts behaviors. Younger of her two charges, Flora, has transitioned from a beautiful and charming girl to a ugly and devilish character, as if she is possessed by Miss Jessel. The Governess speaks of Flora to have been “astounding self-possess[ed] (67)” by Miss Jessel. Her sanity is persuading her to continue her job at Bly and protect Miles and
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