Day 4

The Turn of the Screw Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why do you think Miles was expelled from school?

    Discuss possible interpretations of Miles' cryptic explanation of why he was expelled. Is he telling the truth? If so, what could he possibly mean? Some critics think that Miles is implying he was making sexual advances or saying explicit things to his (all male) boarding school classmates. Consider how much of this book is about concealing or sharing secret information. How does this give characters power, in this story and others?

  2. 2

    Why does Mrs. Grose take Flora away?

    Mrs. Grose is happy to get Flora away from Bly, once the governess suggests it. Maybe she really believes that there are ghosts...

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