The Turn of the Screw Symbols and Motifs
The Seasons <ul><li>The story starts in the summer </li></ul><ul><li>- ends in autumn </li></ul>
<ul><li>Twilight, dusk, dawn and gray weather: symbols of danger </li></ul><ul><li>The fire: symbol of knowledge </li></ul>
Freud`s sub-categories of the human mind <ul><li>The id: disregards social norms, acts selfishly and without self-consciou...
<ul><li>The id: Quint, Miles and Flora </li></ul><ul><li>The ego: the Governess </li></ul><ul><li>The super-ego: Miss Jess...
The Ghosts <ul><li>According to Freud, the Governess` wishes are buried in the unconscious mind and they resolve themselve...
<ul><li>The Tower: associated with Quint, symbolizes the penis. </li></ul><ul><li>The Lake: associated with Miss Jessel, s...
<ul><li>Flora playing with the flat piece of wood  with a hole in it and the stick, symbolizes sexual intercourse. </li></ul>
Interpretation of the Story as a Christian Allegory <ul><li>The garden at Bly = the Garden of Eden </li></ul><ul><li>Miles...
The Title : The Turn of the Screw <ul><li>Sexual intercourse </li></ul><ul><li>Every time the screw turns it leaves a trac...
The Sense of Two-Sidedness <ul><li>The Governess is both a savior and a cruel inquisitor </li></ul><ul><li>The children se...
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The Turn Of The Screw

  1. 1. The Turn of the Screw Symbols and Motifs
  2. 2. The Seasons <ul><li>The story starts in the summer </li></ul><ul><li>- ends in autumn </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Twilight, dusk, dawn and gray weather: symbols of danger </li></ul><ul><li>The fire: symbol of knowledge </li></ul>
  4. 4. Freud`s sub-categories of the human mind <ul><li>The id: disregards social norms, acts selfishly and without self-consciousness. </li></ul><ul><li>The ego: balances the id, the super-ego and the outside world and is the part of the mind containing consciousness. </li></ul><ul><li>The super-ego: follows social norms and questions morality in all situations. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The id: Quint, Miles and Flora </li></ul><ul><li>The ego: the Governess </li></ul><ul><li>The super-ego: Miss Jessel </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Ghosts <ul><li>According to Freud, the Governess` wishes are buried in the unconscious mind and they resolve themselves through dreams. </li></ul><ul><li>The ghosts always appear after the Governess` sexual repression has been triggered. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Tower: associated with Quint, symbolizes the penis. </li></ul><ul><li>The Lake: associated with Miss Jessel, symbolizes the vagina. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Flora playing with the flat piece of wood with a hole in it and the stick, symbolizes sexual intercourse. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Interpretation of the Story as a Christian Allegory <ul><li>The garden at Bly = the Garden of Eden </li></ul><ul><li>Miles and Flora = Adam and Eve </li></ul><ul><li>Quint and Miss Jessel = the Devil </li></ul><ul><li>The Governess = both an angel and a Christ-like mediator </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Title : The Turn of the Screw <ul><li>Sexual intercourse </li></ul><ul><li>Every time the screw turns it leaves a trace in the story </li></ul><ul><li>We learn new things as the screw turns </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Sense of Two-Sidedness <ul><li>The Governess is both a savior and a cruel inquisitor </li></ul><ul><li>The children seem angelic but are perhaps demonic </li></ul><ul><li>A mix of Christian morality and pagan amorality </li></ul><ul><li>The Governess` view of Miles both as a child and a lover </li></ul>

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