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At first glance it would appear that Henry James The Turn of the Screw and Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands have only one thing in common they are both from the gothic genre But upon looking closer one will notice that there are a number of other similar traits between the two There are noticeable similarities between Edward and the Governess as well as similarities between Edward and the two children in The Turn of the Screw Miles and Flora There are also general themes which the two share - images of a perfect society as well as onlookers who have no control over the situation Both The Turn of the Screw and Edward Scissorhands have many traditional features of the gothic genre However when compared to each other it is found that The Turn of the Screw has more of the traditional gothic elements These include things such as the mysterious setting an atmosphere of mystery and suspense that is present throughout the entire novel visions which are a regular occurrence for the Governess supernatural events - such as the ghosts and the possessions of the children high emotion women threatened by males which is found on the many occasions in which the Governess feels threatened by Quint and there are many instances in which the women of the novel are in distress In spite of this a number of these elements can also be found in Edward Scissorhands if not to a lesser extent These include elements such as the setting - while the entire movie does not take place in a gothic setting there are times where the viewer is able to see Edwards original home - a mysterious gloomy castle an atmosphere of mystery and suspense which is an underlying theme throughout the movie visions - to some extent - experienced by the Boggs neighbour and supernatural events - largely the overall creation of Edward Other elements that are similar between
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