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Frustration causes many to lose grip on reality When one aspires to complete a goal but fails frustration ensues Turn of the Screw by Henry James showcases the narrators futile attempts to carry out her plans With every turn of the screw the story goes deeper and truth fades into transparency At face value the story shows ghosts corrupting the houses youth However the Governess frustration-induced duplicity proves to make her unreliable and therefore unfit for narration Describing the origin of her frustrations the Governess recalls her only encounter with the master and from that moment she becomes enamored and obsessed Recollecting a message from the headmaster she says I broke the seal with a great effort--so great a one that I was a long time coming to it 10 Breaking the seal losing her virginity causes the Governess to fall in love with the master wanting him more with each passing day It gave me a second sleepless night With no counsel to take the next day I was full of distress 10 Despite her efforts to live alone with no male influence the Governess gets driven to utter aggravation Although the entire narration assumes the ghosts to be real many contradictions occur showing clearly how the Governesss encounters and her descriptions to others are two distinct opposites My second was a violent perception of the mistake of my first the man who met my eyes was not the person I had precipitately supposed16 What she fails to describe in her first encounter proves more important than her actual description The Governess never describes what she sees only the circumstances around it I saw him as I see the letters I form on this page16 While she does describe his wearing no hat16 nothing else she says pertains to the actual characters appearance because she only mentions Quint standing up and looking at her Telling the story to Mrs Grose shows an entirely different
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