•         It is said that the weak are easily lead astray. Ms.Gidden’s is a representation of this idea. Her ability to see the situation at Bly for what it is was due to her weakness or “innocence’s.” We first s […]

    • I think you’re not only right on here, but you may be dealing with a social theme of the story that we usually ignore. One of the articles I think I put on BlackBoard (it’s by Schrero) argues that you can’t understand The Turn of the Screw unless you understand what the Victorian Brits of the upper class thought about the role of the governess and how the governess would shield children from what they believed was the polluting influence of the servant class in general. (That servants corrupted upper class children was a given.) Schrero brings to bear a number of contemporary sources that present this fear, and which accentuate the emphasis in the story on Quint’s not being “a gentleman” or anything like that.

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