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Helping you understand What's Up With the Ending? in The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - but, in a fun way.
Miles didn't die (physically) and he is actually the man narrating the tale. James - I believe - was trying to make a point, symbolically, on the overwhelming "smothering" force of the Nanny on his young, developing male psyche. Miles was expelled for saying bad things to boys he "liked".
The letter does not specify the circumstances of his expulsion. The governess has not yet met Miles at this point—he hadn’t yet come home from school—so her relationship with him begins on a mysterious and sour note, and this colors her relationship with the boy throughout her time at Bly.
Looking out, she sees the faraway figure of Miles on the lawn. Later, the governess discusses with Mrs. Grose her conversation with Miles, who claimed that he wanted to show the governess that he could be “bad.”. The governess concludes that Flora and Miles frequently meet with Miss Jessel and Quint.
- Henry James
10 de fev. de 2022 · Quickly becoming Henry James’s most popular piece of short fiction, The Turn of the Screw reflects the significant shift that occurred in James’s writing during the late 1890s—the period identified as his “experimental phase.”.