1 Apr. 2013
The ghosts in
The Turn of the Screw
are real because of textual evidence, the children's behavior, and the Governess's ability to describe the ghosts in vivid detail.
"The Strangeness of our Fate: The Governess and the Children." The Turn of the Screw: Bewildered Vision. Terry Heller. Boston: Twayne, 1989. 85103. Twayne's Masterwork Studies 26. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Mar. 2013. In his article, Terry Heller uses the children's disobedience, reactions, and behavior to justify that the ghosts that the Governess sees are real. When the Governess finds Miles out in the yard, she talks with him. After the conversation, it seems that the children have found one of the Governess' weaknesses. She is afraid that her
suspicions of the ghosts are right. Through this event, the children are portrayed as evil. Heller makes the argument the that the ghosts are real seem true. He does this by making events in the novel sound unreal and make the reader think that it must be of some supernatural power. "When she says she wants Miles to help her save him, she experiences a supernatural blast and chill that shake the room and put out her candle."
"The Turn of the Screw." Novels for Students. Ed. David M. Galens. Vol. 16. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 246271. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 31 Mar. 2013. The critical essay, written by David Galens, addresses both sides of the debate in The
Turn of the Screw
, which are that the ghosts are real and that the ghosts are actually hallucinations seen only by the Governess. The Article begins to discuss the appearances of the ghosts. Galens mentions how the ghosts appear to be portrayed as human rather than being ethereal like traditional ghost stories. He uses this as evidence to makes the ghosts appear real."after Miles shrieks and falls into the governess's arms, she realizes that, though she believes she has banished the ghost, Miles has died in the process." Galens uses Miles' shriek as evidence that the Miles has been saved, and that the Governess is a hero.
A Study of the Short Fiction
. Richard A. Hocks.
Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1990. 104125. Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction 17. Twayne's Authors on GVRL
. Web. 31 Mar. 2013.
The Article discusses some of Henry James’ works, including The Turn of the Screw
Hocks tries to logically counter the belief that ghosts in The Turn of the Screw
Such as, countering the description that the Governess gave of Peter Quint. Hocks says that when the Governess stopped in the village on the way to Bly she learned of Peter Quint. “
A puzzling detail is that the governess has never seen Quint, nor heard details of his appearance, seemingly; yet when she describes the apparition, Mrs. Grose recognizes it as Quint. The suggestion that in some way—perhaps in the village—the governess had learned about Quint is plausible.
” Hocks also discusses the point that
the story was told to as a realistic story, therefore the reader would have to draw a more logical conclusion: that the Governess is hallucinating and the ghosts are not real.
Turn of the Screw, The.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2013. This article is a description of
The Turn of the Screw
. It mentions how Henry james
The turn of the Screw
The Novels and Tales of Henry
, called the tale a “fable” and said that he did not specify details of the ghosts' evil deeds because he wanted readers to supply their own vision of terror.” Henry James does this because the reader is enticed to read the novella because of their want for an ending.
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