I've Been Framed!
Kind of Activity:
Learn about framing devices in storytelling, and discuss why Henry James deploys one in the novel.
Common Core Standards:
The primary story of The Turn of the Screw focuses on the unnamed governess, the creepy children she cares for, and possibly a few ghosts. However, that's not how the tale starts out! The novel opens with a gathering of friends telling spooky stories on Christmas Eve, one of whom possesses the manuscript in which the governess's story is recorded. This technique is known as a framing device, or a a frame story. It was very common in early novels...
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