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Essay on The Turn of the Screw Henry James wrote The Turn of the Screw in 1898 It is told through the eyes of a governess This governess is recently hired to take care of two children Flora and Miles because Miss Jessel the previous governess and the previous butler Peter Quint had died Mrs Grose is the housekeeper who also looks out for the children some The governess begins to contemplate how Miss Jessel and Peter Quint died and begins to suspect there is something wrong The governess thinks she is seeing the ghosts of Miss Jessel and Peter Quint however nobody else can supposedly see them The ghosts are just the governess hallucinations and Mrs Grose is deceivingly evil The ghosts are not real Mrs Grose playing mind games with the governess produces them Mrs Grose killed Quint and Miss Jessel so she is not as legitimate as she first appears to be Mrs Grose is NOT as innocent as she seems at the beginning of The Turn of the Screw In my opinion it was rather odd that Mrs Grose was glad when the governess had come to the house She was too nice for her own good thus the reader will become suspicious of her Mrs Grose assented so heartily that somehow took her manner as a kind of comforting pledge never falsified thank heaven that we should on every question be quiet at one Oh she was glad I was there James 9 I contradict the following quote from the essay A Pre-Freudian Reading of The Turn of the Screw But Mrs Grose is a trustful soul Goddard 190 Mrs Grose is anything but trustful practically everything she has told the governess is a lie Mrs Grose fibs to the governess to get what she wants and she will ultimately get what she is after Mrs Grose intentionally murdered Peter Quint and Miss Jessel Mrs Grose told
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