Objective: In the introduction to "The Turn of the Screw", a group gathers to tell ghost stories. Douglas offers to recount a tale he once heard, and when the group agrees, he sends for the manuscript that tells the story that serves as the rest of the novel. This introduction serves as a frame story, which then changes to a first person narrative for the remainder of the novella. This lesson will explore what a frame story is and how it is used in "The Turn of the Screw".
1. Frame Story: Explain to the class what a frame story is. What are the benefits and drawbacks to using a frame story? What purpose does a frame story serve in novels?
2. Class Discussion: The characters introduced in the introduction play no role in the remainder of the novel. What is the purpose of beginning the novel with a...
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