The narrator in The Turn of the Screw, who was never named but called the Governess, began to see ghosts. Even though the Governess sees these ghosts she is unable to know for sure if anyone else sees them too. Eventually, she found out the horrible truth which is that no one else sees them. “...for with this hard blow of the proof that her eyes were hopelessly sealed I felt my own situation horribly crumble…” (James, 121). The Governess was beginning to figure out that she is the only one that can see the ghosts and starts to question her sanity more than before.
The governess wants to help the people of Bly, but unfortunately has some sort of mental illness or problem. She isn’t completely sane. In Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, the governess watches over the children, and when things don’t go her way, she conjures in her imagination two ghosts that haunt them. These ghosts are unseen by the others, Ms. Grose and the children, Miles and Flora, but are seen vividly by the governess. Though the governess believes the ghosts to be the conflict of the story, there truly is no harm coming to the kids, except in fact the governess herself.
The purpose of a ghost story is to leave the reader feeling frightened and unaware of what the truth of reality is. Nguyen's Black-Eyed Women flips all our perceptions of what a ghost is and why they visit the living. The ghost stories told in this story affect the narrator by forcing her to confront the discomfort of her reality. The narrator realizes she has been ignoring discomfort about her brother dying for her, and s the guilt and that she lived. She loses her identify, and sense of security, however her brother's ghost arrives to mend this disconnect.
The main theme of The Crucible is vengeance. The people of the town of Salem weren’t united. They were distrusted towards each other and disliked each other. The girls began accusing other people they disliked for dealing with witchcraft during the court trials. For example, even though the
Mathis’s nurse, she will be charged for her actions. However, there is an issue regarding her sanity, and whether she could be considered fully “compos mentis’’ for she acted in a psychotic and quite an irrational way. Her need for vengeance and clear apathy towards the patients that she deliberately hurt show an unstable and almost sociopathic behavior. It was also discussed that Diane suffered from a postpartum depression after giving birth to her youngest child. This suggests that she was not in a stable psychological state and challenges whether she should be judged as a fully conscious
Her anger toward the possibility of anyone telling the truth struck fear into them with her maniacal threat against them. This only made the hysteria last longer with their lies. Anger greatly impacted the witch trial hysteria in Salem. The truth wasn’t able to be told. Another key role to the hysteria was jealousy.
Everyday fear, hysteria, and revenge are big factors of life. A person is either afraid of something, have hysteria about something, or want revenge. In "The Crucible" there is a lot of fear with the trials of witchery, hysteria also with the witchery and revenge for all the false accusations about being a witch. The witchery cause loads of fear because no one wanted to be accused or wanted a loved one to be accused. There were people being accused that everyone would not have suspected.
Intro: “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane” (PHILIP K. DICK, Valis). In present day America laws have been placed that prevent people who are “insane” to be guilty of the crimes they commit. In short, insanity is the state of being seriously mentally ill relating to madness. This is presented in the book Medea written by Euripides through her point of view. In Medea, a surge of insanity purges her after she is betrayed by her husband Jason causing many cruel and harsh actions to follow from her.
Macbeth was constantly making decisions that affected his future and because he needed help making them, was misled by what he thought were trusted sources. The witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself all show some form of madness throughout the play. The witches are mad because of their obsession of causing misfortune for no reason. Lady Macbeth becomes a power-hungry murder that in the end causes their guilty consciousness to lead them to their deaths. Overall, madness was frequently found in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, presented not only by characters as a trait but also as conflicts/.
The instances of “inhuman cries and...lurid reflections” (Source B) experienced by Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire was the line for her sister, Stella. Blanche’s true accusations against Stanley Kowalski and his animalistic desires and her false ones against the successful Shep Huntleigh led Stella to believe she was insane and needed to be institutionalized. However, was this the best choice? Blanche did not seem to pose as a threat to anyone so was she truly in need of assistance? Roman Espejo refutes this by stating that it is only when someone is “completely radical” and does not “comply with a court-ordered treatment plan” that they should be placed in psychiatric treatment (Source D).