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Hence, the prologue introduces the story as a long-kept secret that is about to be revealed.
The secret as narrative strategy consists in the omission of information by the narrator, in order to maintain the narrative suspense among the readers, which can be compared to Douglas’s attitudes towards his audience. An atmosphere of mystery surrounds Douglas’s introduction of the story: his agitation, his reluctance to tell too many details (“You’ll easily judge… you will” , “That will come out. I don’t anticipate” ) and his hiding of the governess’s manuscript before he decided to read it. From the prologue, it becomes obvious that the narrator is not only a subject who tells, but also a subject who allows herself/himself to remain silent.
As soon as the narrator chooses “not to tell” everything, we notice that the great secret of the ghostly experience is made of a chain of “little” secrets, some of which are partially revealed (the cause of the former governess’s death, the reason of Miles’s expulsion from boarding school), whereas others remain untold, and the very ending of the story becomes a secret to the readers, that is, Miles’s death, a question that has generated a lot of interpretations among the scholars. Priscilla Walton assumes Miles’s death as a Pyrrhic victory of the governess’s over the ghost of Peter Quint, who possessed little Miles (315). She states that he died due to his conflict on sexualities. On the contrary, Teahan claims that Miles was strangled by the governess.
The climax of the story coincides with the governess’s fatal “reading” of Miles: unable to tolerate the ambiguity of his failure to conform to her polarized stereotypes of the sexually innocent “angel” and corrupt “fiend”…, she fixes his meaning by strangling him in a deadly literalization of the recurring metaphors of “seizing” and “grasping” that track her struggle
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The Yellow Wallpaper is a story written by Gillman that revolves around a female who is having some psychological problem after her marriage and delivery. She is the wife of a physician who believes that she is struck into a neurological disorder after giving birth to a child. Due to her neurologic stress she has been advised to be bed ridden without doing any sort of work. However this stress gets up to her and she starts writing about the things that are around her.
Two stories, Henry James' “The Turn of the Screw” and Shakespeare's “Hamlet” both deal with the themes of the supernatural and madness. However, these themes are given different treatments in each of these stories. While the themes of the supernatural and madness have negative effects for the characters of novel, they have positive effects for the characters of the play.
Indeed, his novel seems to tell his readers that literature is “an annexed but independent world in which nothing is right but as we rightly imagine it” (James 2). According to him, fictional reality is, in fact, the fabrication of the physical/concrete reality with a perpetual urge to convince the readers about the credibility of what a writer believes to be real.
Actually published in 1898, this immaculate work of ghost fiction still does enjoy much interest and following. The Turn of the Screw does tend to differ from other works affiliated to the same genre in the sense that it is open to varied and diverse interpretations and conclusions.
“The Turn of the Screw” is popular for its lasting mysterious features. Even though the tale initially surfaced more than a century ago in 1898, it still shocks readers across the globe today (Lundberg 4). “The Turn of the Screw” has multiple puzzling twists and turns that sparkle discussions amongst critics since its release.
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The author emphasizes the ghost story genre provoking on the reader, the fear of the unknown through the anxiety in the novel. The ghost story genre in the novel presents a unique form of the genre as it makes use of reality experiences to create the
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