Turn of the Screw: Psychoanalytic Analysis Since first being published in 1898, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw has been widely known and analyzed due to it’s ambiguous content. One way of interpreting the novel is reading it as a literal ghost story, but another more common reading is through Freud’s psychoanalysis. The family relationship of Freud’s psychoanalysis includes three parts: the superego, the ego, and the id. The superego consists of morals that are taught by authority or society in general. The id consists of the hidden desires that individuals possess, and the ego is the conscious reflection of the products between the superego and the id. In The Turn of the Screw, the governess represents this Freud family triangle in the battle of conflicts between her id: her sexual desires towards the master and her superego: what is socially acceptable in society. The governess’ ego deals with these sexual desires being repressed by projecting them into hallucinations, which she describes as ghosts. The psychoanalytic interpretation leads the reader to believe that the governess is an unreliable narrator, which then leads the reader to believe that the ghosts are not real, and only hallucinations. The governess was in love with the master throughout the novel, but repressed her feelings and kept them in her subconscious because of her superego; it is not socially acceptable for the governess to be with the uncle. When the governess first sees Peter Quint’s ghost, she admits to have been thinking of someone right before-hand: “…it would be as charming as a charming story to suddenly meet someone. Someone would appear there at the turn of the path and would stand before me and smile and approve” (22). She’s hoping for attention and appreciation from “someone”, representing the master, but Peter Quint appears instead. Her disappointment is evident through her thought, “the man who met my eyes was not the person I had precipitately supposed” (23). While
February 7, 2013
Spring Essay: Turn of the Screw
Page I: The Governess and Miles
Page II: The Governess and Mrs. Grose
Page III: Corruption of Innocence
Henry James’s Turn of the Screw is the eerie tale of a governess sent to care for two mischievous young children, Flora and Miles. Many people mistake it for a ghost story, but the story actually focuses more on the governess’s relationship with the children. Her thirst for acceptance gradually grows….
May 14, 2012
Psychological Perspective of Turn of the Screw
Henry James was one of the most famous writers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was known as an innovative and independent novelist. His novel, The Turn of the Screw, written in 1898, has caused a lot of controversy among many critics and each of them interprets it in a different way. Turn of the Screw builds a close relationship between the novel and it’s readers. The reactions to this can be psychologically….
Chapter Six is an important section of The Turn of the Screw, as it involves many of the themes of the story, as well as reflecting its general narrative structure. James' novel is phenomenally complex; it has an incredible ambiguity to it, which allows for some very outlandish and far-fetched ideas to be formulated. A 'theme' can almost be drawn from almost every other sentence, if one so desires. It is deciding which issues have a little more to them than there may seem at first and which are what….
How are aspects of humanity exposed through textual features and forms throughout study of Turn of the Screw and Sixth Sense?
Henry James through his 1898 ghost story novella Turn of the Screw and the Sixth Sense, a supernatural horror film by M. Night Shyamalan, tell and explore, through textual form and features key aspects of humanity. Through themes and explorations of Corruption of the Innocent, The Importance of Communication in ], audiences gain understanding, through relationship with….
The Turn of the screw
Superficially, Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw seems to reinforce the status quo of American literature as male, whereby men are viewed as having power over women leaving women to become mere objects. James creates a nameless female protagonist whose story is told through the guise of a male narrator. She becomes an object viewed by Douglas’s audience and is used simply as means for the master on Harley Street to avoid being bothered by his charges. She is then set up as….
In The Turn of the Screw ,Henry James, leaves the reader to determine many things left ambiguous such as the reason for Miles’s expulsion and just what is meant by Peter Quint being “too free” with the children. Perhaps the biggest inference the reader must make is whether the governess is truthful and actually sees ghosts which may harm the children or whether, for whatever reason, she is not telling the truth.
I believe that the ghosts are only a hallucination of the governess. I also think….
An Unrequited Love
In "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, the main character, the governess, is so deluded and lonely that she will do anything necessary to reduce these horrifying feelings and not feel them. She decides that the way to do that is to possibly find love and instead she seems to have found a strange infatuation with her employer. But, sadly because she is located in a country house in Essex, such a longing is not possible to define. When the governess realizes this, she seems….
Creative Response to The Turn of the Screw
That afternoon, I found myself alone with the governess. My older brother Miles, as always, wanted to finish one of his books. It was quaint how he always was in a hurry to finish his books, even though he told me he disliked books. I, on the other hand, wanted to enjoy the outdoors. Miss Jessel often forced Miles to join us when we went to the lake, but the new governess was not at all like that, she just agreed to anything Miles said.
It was somewhat….
“The allotment of death.” Hawks may be considered noble creatures but Ted Hughes gives a rather different image of them in his poem ‘Hawk Roosting’. He provides the reader with the image of a corrupt and arrogant predator. A very different image to what we are perhaps used to. One cannot deny that the hawk is a bird of prey but Ted’s clever use of personification allows one to look at it from a different perspective: from the hawks own eyes. I will look into how this corrupt figure is conveyed, how….
The Turn of The Screw is a recurring concept throughout the story as sort of a motif, it is a saying that is repeated to gain your attention and make you question how it fits in the story. Not only is this meant to grab your attention but it is repeated at crucial parts in the story making you start to personify the statement and it becomes an overlaying character that helps progress or digress the storyline, and finally it is also a marker to insinuate the governesses slow descent into madness!….