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In The Turn of the Screw by Henry James the central character the governess feels so isolated that she will do anything necessary to quench the feeling She decides that the way to do so is to be in love Unfortunately because she is located in Bly such a desire is not possible to actualize When the governess realizes this she begins to manifest her unrequited feelings in the shape of ghostly apparitions Her point of view also plays an important role in how the reader observes the ghosts Subconsciously the governess has chosen to be an unreliable narrator seeing fantastical phantoms which participate in an enamored relationship allows her to feel as though she herself was a part of it When the governess becomes tired with these ghosts however she turns to other characters to fulfill her aspiration The governess sees ghosts in order to satisfy her yearning desire to be in love The young governess is instantly attracted to the handsome bold and pleasant p 7 bachelor uncle of the orphaned children by whom she is hired This overwhelming feeling was the original motivation for her accepting the job as governess The readers introduction to the governess most basic feelings shows the reader that this is one of her primary concerns at the point in her life that the novella begins The governess craving to be cherished by a man is induced by the uncles charming ways with women p 7 His graciousness gives her a taste of how she would like to be treated in life When the governess leaves to accept the position she is at an undeveloped age with a background consisting of country poverty and only one position related to children as a schoolteacher prior to the event at hand This results in a lack of knowledge as to what she wants from life The gentlemanly uncle gives her an ideal to aspire towards The
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