Interpretation In The Turn Of The Screw

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How could the text be read and interpreted differently by two different readers? The Turn of the screw is a novella written by Henry James in 1898. This short ghost story is like no other; as it can be interpreted in more than one way. The main character is the governess. The governess is the narrator in The Turn of the Screw. She is twenty years old, has no worldly experience. Her father is a priest; she has just got a job to be a governess to two children (Miles and Flora). From the start of the story in the prologue it is clear that she is infatuated with the employer, who is Miles and Flora’s uncle. The governess may possibly be a kind and caring person, who is only trying to take care of the children, or she may be someone who is sexually…show more content…
The children are possessed by Peter Quint and Miss Jessel. Though she wants to control everything it can also be seen as insurance that she is trying to keep Miles and Flora safe. There is some evidence that the ghosts might be real. In the end right before Miles dies he says “you devil” this could be represented towards Peter Quint. Miles’s words could also tell us why he died so suddenly. He could have seen the ghost and he could have been so shaken that his heart stopped, or once Peter Quint made himself visible for Miles to see he could have lifted his soul away. In this interpretation the reader assumes that since Miles died in the governess’s arms that the ghosts are…show more content…
Flora’s illness suggests that the governess is the one that was wrong, this makes the reader assume that the governess was harassing Flora to the point where she had become ill. The governess’s allegations have shaken and traumatized the innocent girl. And when accused the governess becomes distressed proving her guiltiness. This is also a case in which this scene could be interpreted in the way that the governess is just trying to care for Flora. In this scene Flora is acting very dramatic and refuses to see the governess. This is because the governess pushes Flora in having seen Miss Jessel by the lake. Flora refuses to even turn towards the area where the governess has pointed. She is staring at the governess. Flora then has an outburst against the governess. This can be seen as Flora being possessed by Miss Jessel. Flora in the governesses eyes suddenly becomes “hard and ugly” when she says "incomparable childish beauty had suddenly failed she was literally, she was hideously hard; she had turned common and almost ugly." she then says “you little unhappy thing” the reader can assume that the governess has now realized that Flora is possessed and she has finally figured it out. The governess once again can be seen to care deeply about Mile and Flora when she says “I’ve done my best, but I’ve lost you” this shows how she actually
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