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"A Turn Of The Screw" By Henry James

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The Governess In The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is Driven to Paranoia and Insanity by her Fear of the Position.The plausibility of the governess' story in A Turn of the Screw by Henry James really revolves around whether or not the reader believes that ghosts could exist. At first, I believed in the credibility of the governess because of all the strange events that surrounded her arrival at the estate. The governess, although seemingly nervous and unsure of herself, seems to be the only person without a tainted past. She is arriving at a home where the previous governess and a servant have already died. Oddly though, the governess does not seem scared because of these occurrences, rather, she seems obsessed with her job. She wants to protect the children from the negative influences of the ghosts, as she suspects they have been meeting with her charges. I found this extremely ...view middle of the document...

Flora uses terrible language to insult her new governess, she asks not to see her again. Had the little girl seen the ghost of the old governess, she would certainly be more concerned with not seeing that woman again. The harsh language she uses suggest, as the new governess fears, the children had been or are being influenced by the rough language of the staff, but this should be a secondary concern. The first concern should be their safety, which she defines as her utmost concern early in the novel, but ironically does not seem to care much about towards the end.She seems overly concerned with her position. She knows the she has lost the support in her position of Flora, so she turns to Miles and tries to hug him, befriend him, and gain his support so that she may remain at Bly. While not wanting to lose one's job is understandable, if you have to face ghosts and possibly death at the job, there is no reason to keep it. Fear initially about taking the position may have driven the governess to this point. It is obvious in the beginning that she is very nervous, not only about the job but about it's history, however that does not excuse her behavior near the end. She has been driven to paranoia.In the last scene, Miles is obviously nervous and agitated, but the governess keep pushing him for answers and information. She has becomes obsessed with the mysteries of the house. She wants to be right. She needs to know what is really going on at Bly. Miles revealing information to her is elating her, making her push him even harder for more. Miles is a very important character. If the reader assumes that he was dismissed from school for using bad language, that solves the mystery of Flora's behavior in the last scene, she was using the bad language taught by Miles, her brother, and not by Quint and Jessel. But the governess cannot accept that the ghosts didn't influence the children. She will not be proven wrong. She shrieks, she grabs the boy, and she tries to make him see the ghost. His death is from fear, and exasperation.

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