The Turn of the Screw Essay | The Freudian Id in "Turn of the Screw"

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The Freudian Id in "Turn of the Screw"

Summary: Henry James's "Turn of the Screw" is more than just a thrilling ghost story; it's more about how the subconsious takes control of actions. The Freudian concept of the Id is the psychological function that controls the behavior involved in choices that are good and evil and is a key theme in the novel.
Henry James was one of America's most brilliant and fascinating writers. He uses language to tap into the reader's subconscious and always has them wanting more. This sensation is no more prevalent than in his thriller The Turn of the Screw. In this intense psychological thriller, the main character releases her own sexual frustration into the illusions of two ghosts that haunt a quiet country manor. The Freudian Id plays out in the fantasies of Peter Quint and Mrs. Jessel and the governess's own repressed feelings overrun her every thought. James provides insight into the power of Freud's sub-conscious that controls the governess and pushes her farther and farther away from reality. He is also able to equate it to people in everyday situations.

The story is set in a mansion in the English countryside. A young woman is hired to take...

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