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Literary criticism on The Turn of the Screw has been divided into 3 groups concerning the plot The first is to take the novel at face value and say that it is a ghost story that the children are possessed by the ghosts Others have said that it is a psychological drama that plays upon some of Freuds theses - the ghosts are hallucinations of a sexually repressed girl who has been given a sudden boost in responsibility and her madness corrupts the beautiful The third is to say that the novel is a meta-fiction it comments on the popular gothic style of writing novels which were often read deeply into by repressed Victorians looking for something to be outraged by and therefore is written to be so ambiguous that it is impossible to say if the ghosts are ghosts or not Consider the possibility that the first two ideas are combined perhaps the ghosts do exist but the governess is driven mad by them and eventually kills Miles in an attempt to banish the ghostsCritics have taken one part of the book to be the most important in the argument for the existence of the ghosts and this is the fact that the governess describes in great detail the appearance of a man who she has never seen before He has no hatHe has red hair very red close - curling and a pale face long in shape with straight good features and little rather queer whiskers that are as red as his hair This is enough evidence for Mrs Grose to identify him as Peter Quint - his own man his the masters valet when he was here Then Mrs Grose informs the Governess that Peter Quint is dead but instead of protesting that she cannot have seen a dead man she accepts the fact maybe this means that she has seen him before after his death and when the
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