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The Turn of the Screw It is only after reading past the first thirty pages of Henry James The Turn of the Screw that the plot begins to thicken Perusing through the first chapters it is easy to make the assumption that all is well on the quaint England grounds where the novel is set Even after the first apparition where the deceased butler of the estate appears one can lean toward forgiving and forgetting the evil causing the trouble However a turning point appears as the story progresses in a passage depicting the second apparition Up until this point in the story the characters have gone about their daily rituals with an air of nonchalance The unspeakable sudden death of the first governess hangs heavily in the air but it is never discussed in the open Much is implied in the conversations between the housekeeper Mrs Grose and the narrator but an admittance of the presence of evil does not occur It is only when the whispered tales of the first governess untimely death prove true that we are given the element of fear in a story that contains so much fantasy When on a walk with the smaller of her pupils the appearance of the second apparition forces our narrator to come to terms with the reality of her situation The dead governess leads her to understanding the reality of being responsible for the children and by saying I faced what I had to face it is clear she has assumed the role of their protector Each of these issues is found within the significant passage found on page thirty-five Several elements of literature are found within this passage all increasing its literary value A first element to touch on are the actual words used in the paragraph The repetition of the word waited leads to a feeling of apprehension and suspense Sentences containing phrases like within a
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