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The  Turn Of The  Screw

The Turn Of The Screw






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