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engl241midterm - 2009-03-26 The Turn of The Screw...

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00:51 The Turn of The Screw     Background notes to keep in mind o Relationship to Freud o 1924 is the first time the ghosts are recognized as not real o People taking a Sherlock Holmes view o Nihilism, Science, Psychology beginning o Screw: get “screwed,” a loose screw o Auchard: movie would have George Clooney and a young Jodie Foster The Governess o Fears the initial man in the tower Why is she fearing this? Why did she suspect he was out of place? “It was not that I didn't wait, on this occasion, for more, for I was rooted  as deeply as I was shaken. Was there a "secret" at Bly” She’s really being haunted, even if no one else is Violent reaction Why? Many people working there…not that strange, working man? “unknown man in a lonely place is a permitted object of fear to a young  woman privately bred” she’s in the house…not alone looking back on it and is scared He’s too far apart that she can’t call to him
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Too far to recognize him Uses the word “erect” Weird because she’s only seeing part of him But says she sees him so close as the letters on the page o Beauty and relationship to the children “covered her with kisses in which there was a sob of atonement.” Couldn’t sleep because of flora’s “beauty” Guards and smothers children Sexual overtones? Burning passion for the children, paired with suspicion of their  actions She could be a hero, villain, or plain crazy o Extremely emotionally volatile Believes everyone loves her, maybe more than they do Believes she is always right Loves her own grandeur  Grose o Stupid or manipulative? Claims she cant read Encourages and antagonizes the governess
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Could she be behind the “secret” o Relation to the reader Mirrors our point of view, skeptical of the governess Quint and Jessel o Jessel listed as infamous Got around Pregnant? o Peter Quint- entirely phallic Peter- Dick Quint- Also had a sexual connotation Hed possible sexual relationship with Jessel “involved” Sexual with miles? Haunting him at least Oscar Wilde being accused of sodomy at this time Could be miles too Described as “much too free” Children o Miles Charming but devious Never clear which miles is miles
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Surrounded by mystery Why did he leave school? “told things to boys”
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