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The Turn of the Screw written by Henry James is a psychological thriller that could also fall within the ghost story tradition The Turn of the Screw is complex in that the action is several degrees removed from the reader A man named Douglas reads a manuscript written by his sisters governess The manuscript forms the basis of the story which is thus told from the governesss perspective The narrator however belongs to the group of people to whom Douglas reads the manuscript He transcribes Douglass tale years after Douglas reads it aloud The narrators transcript not the manuscript is what we read In the transcript the governess has a poor father so she goes to London at the age of twenty to look for work She accepts the position of governess at Bly a large country estate Initially the governess seems to be an unsophisticated woman she finds that the estate is a different affair from the home she has just left Nevertheless James has created a character of great contradictions - the story can be read in two ways depending on your judgment of the governesss character Mile and Flora are the children being cared for by the governess the niece and nephew of her employer Miles is ten and has been expelled from school for unknown reasons To the governess Miles is an extraordinarily beautiful clever child He was incredibly beautifulEverything but a sort of passion of tenderness for him was swept away by his presence Miles is affectionate to the governess and takes care of his sister However he also demands his own independence towards the end of the novel Eight-year-old Flora like her brother has an unearthly angelic beauty that charms the governess Several weeks after arriving at Bly the governess begins to see strange apparitions She describes them to Mrs Grose the housekeeper who explains that they resemble the former governess Miss Jessel and the masters former valet Peter
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