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The Turn of the Screw Book Review Summary

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The Turn of the Screw is one of the finest ghost stories ever written - but of course, since it is by Henry James, it would be. His steady building of psychological and physical pressure on the governess through the medium of the ghost and the children interacting with it is terrifying and lives up to the title as every new phase gives the story's pressure "another turn of the screw."
This report prepared by Kelly Whiting








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   19th century What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the ghost chased me!

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   fright    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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