In The Turn of the Screw, the children suffer because of the governess’s insanity, caused by her unexpressed love for the master. Because the master is not impressed by her ordinary course of governessing, she believes that she must stage a life-threatening danger to the children, so she can appear as a hero when she rescues them; in turn, winning the master’s love and affection. “It is her master’s curiously absent status, coupled with the governess’s unrequited love for him, which drives the young woman to her hallucinations” (Poquette 1).
She figures the danger must be dreadful, for the master told her he did not want to be bothered with incidents dealing with the children. “That she should never trouble him—but never, never: neither appeal nor complain nor write about anything; only meet all questions herself, receive all moneys from his solicitor, take the whole thing over and let him alone” (James 290).
She believes she is actually protecting Miles and Flora against an outside evil, which happens to coincide with her drive to demonstrate heroism and devotion to the master.
One of the governess’s troubles is keeping her secret love for the master bundled inside. Says Goddard, “a young woman, falls in love and circumstances forbid the normal growth and confession of the passion, the emotion, dammed up, overflows in a psychical experience, a daydream” (Poquette 2).
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In the prologue, Douglas gave a detailed account of the master from the governess’s point of view. She regarded him as, “handsome and bold and pleasant, offhand and gay and kind. He struck her, inevitably, as gallant and splendid” (James 287).
Later on we learn from Douglas that the governess accepted the job at Bly for the master’s sake, and of course the generous salary offered by the master. Without any experience, the governess’s passions for the master supported her to accept the job and confirmed her decision to take the challenge. “The moral of which was of course the seduction exercised by the splendid young man. She succumbed to it” (James 289).
Yet her obsession with the master was somehow repressed, due to the absence of the master and his direction that he could not be bothered under any circumstances. The governess took the job at Bly knowing that she would not be able to see the master; however, her obsession with the master haunted her every second. At Bly, the governess made it a habit to wander around outside; taking a walk in the afternoon whenever she had her own time. She longed to see the master in her walk. She claimed to see some man that she first thought was the master at the top of the tower while taking a stroll outside one afternoon. “He did stand there!—but high up, beyond the lawn and at the very top of the tower to which, on that first morning, little Flora had conducted me. My second was a violent perception of the mistake of my first: the man who met my eyes was not the person I had precipitately supposed” (James 302-303).
As the governess takes these long strolls in search of the man she loves, she never tells anyone why she is doing this; she keeps it inside her, letting it build up into a mad rage.
The governess’s love for the master was passionate, but it was also an unsolved love. “An unknown man in a lonely place is a permitted object of fear to a young woman privately bred; and the figure that faced me was—a few more seconds assured me—as little anyone else I knew as it was the image that had been in my mind” (James 303).
This may have had an effect on her state of mind, leading her to some kind of psychical disorder. Though not apparently pointed out, it is not too difficult for the readers to perceive that the governess was suffering from a serious problem of insomnia, and thus causing her mental disorder and hallucinations. Before proceeding with the governess, Merriam-Webster’s defines hallucination as the perception of objects with no reality due usually to the use of drugs or to disorder of the nervous system. For example, severely disturbed patients in mental hospitals who are diagnosed as having acute schizophrenia or other diagnoses of psychosis may, from time to time, report hearing voices speaking to them directly when, in reality, they may have been quite alone. Others may see some apparition such as the figure of a person looming in the distance when no such person is really there. The governess from the beginning to the end of the story was the only person who asserted that she saw the apparitions. Taking what she went through after arriving at Bly into consideration; such as, sleepless nights staying awake, thinking about the master along with her new responsibilities, the apparitions could be considered as the product of psychical disorder that caused her insomnia; in other words, the governess could have been hallucinating.
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