Day 3

The Turn of the Screw Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    Why doesn't the governess want to write to the uncle?

    The governess claims she does not want to break her employer's one hiring condition: that she not bother him about anything, and handle all problems herself. Encourage your students to consider deeper motivations at work than simply a commitment to following instructions. For example, the governess is very determined and headstrong – she wants to do her job right, and she considers her job to be the protection of Miles and Flora from evil ghosts. Additionally, if the governess is hallucinating the ghosts, she may not want the uncle to return because he would disrupt her delusion. Regardless of whether the ghosts are...

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