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the-turn-of-the-screw-henry-james_UPDATESymbolsWritten WordsMake the events at Bly feel like reality when they may be imagined by the governesss troubled mindLightRepresents two opposing forces: safety in daylight and candlelight, supernatural menace in twilightand moonlight WindowsSymbolize the barricadespeople put up to avoid making deeper connectionsThemesSecrecyHalf-truths and undisclosed information create emotional gulfs between the governess and the children. CorruptionThe childrens carefree childhoods are tarnished by troubling interactions with adults.Deceptive AppearancesThe childrens angelic exteriors mask the internal darkness only the governess can see. HENRY JAMES1843–1916AuthorAmerican-born James became well known in the 19th century for his prolific, skilled writing. James was inspired to write The Turn of the Screw upon hearing a story told to him by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He then wrote the tale while living in an isolated country house, much like the one in the story.Governess, Chapter 7don’t know what I DONT seewhat I DONT fear!”The Turn of the Screwby the NumbersYear James visited a friend who told him a story that inspired The Turn of the ScrewShort stories James wrote over his career1895112Weeks over which The Turn of the Screw was first published in Colliers Weekly in 189812Year The Innocents, a film adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, was released1961GovernessImpoverished parsons daughterMrs. GroseHead housekeeper and confidant MilesIntelligent, well-behaved ten-year-old boyCARES FOR/KILLSRUMOREDLOVERSINAPPROPRIATECONTACTFRIENDSCARES FORPeter QuintDeceased valet; ghostly visitorMiss JesselDeceased governess; ghostly visitor A young governess is hired to care for two precocious children at a country manor under the stipulation she never contact their distant guardian. Bucolic days morph into terrifying nights as the governess becomes increasingly convinced ghosts from the childrens past intend spiritual and physical harm.MAIN CHARACTERSGhosts of the Past Hurt the PresentFloraSweet eight-year-old girl Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Opera 101, Turner Classic MoviesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Henry James1898EnglishNovellaAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Turnof the ScrewHorror

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