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The Turn of the Screw Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw has been lauded for over a century as a formative work of gothic storytelling. Published in 1898 by an as-yet-unsuccessful Henry James, the story has been the subject of considerable academic discourse and disagreement. The novella is steeped in ambiguity, and never allows the reader access to a clear, comfortable explanation. The Turn of the Screw is notable for its obtuse and meandering prose stylings that can make the actual events of the narrative very difficult to follow, and for its dark undertones of sexuality and abuse. The Turn of the Screw was adapted into the film The Innocents, the screenplay of which was largely written by famous novelist Truman...

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