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65279Let Freedom Ring Freedom is a strange concept Almost everybody wants it for themselves but when one has power over someone else they tend to hold onto this power and not grant freedom This is the case with the governess in Henry Jamess The Turn of the Screw As the governess she has control over her student Miles and she does not want to give him his freedom Freedom is defined as the ability to do what one wants The governess is also battling ghosts throughout the story whom are assumed to be real Throughout the story Miles is being freed by the ghosts but restricted by the governess Ultimately the governess wins this fight and Miles is not free The ghosts and other negative influences in Miless life are what makes him free In a conversation with Mrs Gross Mrs Gross tells the governess and that Quint was much too free The governess responds to this with a sudden sickness of disgust 323 This line shows two things First it shows that Quint one of the ghosts is associated with freedom Second Mrs Gross offers no definition of the word free It could just mean that Quint liked to give maybe he spoiled Miles The governess takes it to mean something awful implying that she does not like the concept of freedom Another element of being free is the freedom to say what one wants Miles takes advantage of this freedom but only in a negative way First and foremost he is expelled from school for saying things that were too bad to write home 400-401 Since he is only talking to people he liked 400 he feels free to speak out and say what he wants These things turn out to be bad and hence the governess associates them with the ghosts Consequently the idea of freedom is associated with the ghosts Another example of Miles feeling free to speak his mind involves
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