Loss of innocents

        It is said that the weak are easily lead astray. Ms.Gidden’s is a representation of this idea. Her ability to see the situation at Bly for what it is was due to her weakness or “innocence’s.” We first see her innocence portrayed in the initial meeting with the uncle in London. She had never been employed as a governess before and even though there were obvious doubts in her face as to her experience and ability to do what was expected of her the innocence’s within her trusted him. As the tale progresses her innocence is witnessed when she arrives at Bly. Her desire to walk the rest of the way from the gate and enjoy the natural environment that surrounded her showed her innocence as an adult. Ms.Giddens unlike the children’s uncle had not been corrupted by the city lifestyle. This purity that Ms.Giddens posses is the reason why she was able to eventually see through the children and confirm that they were not in fact innocent at all. The children had at one point been innocent like Ms.Giddens herself which is what made them susceptible to being corrupted by the spirits of Mr.Quint and Ms.Jessel. They lost their innocence when they witnessed the distasteful actions that Mr.Quint and Ms.Jessel displayed in their presence and upon witnessing both of their deaths. Childhood is said to end when a child witnesses and begins to understand the adult world they no longer view life from naive viewpoint. Ms. Giddens coming to Bly was in its own way the loss of her innocence. She was exposed to and held responsible for the ungodly occurrences that were taking place their. This caused her to stop viewing Bly and the children as pure and beautiful an in turn the world itself.

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  1. I think you’re not only right on here, but you may be dealing with a social theme of the story that we usually ignore. One of the articles I think I put on BlackBoard (it’s by Schrero) argues that you can’t understand The Turn of the Screw unless you understand what the Victorian Brits of the upper class thought about the role of the governess and how the governess would shield children from what they believed was the polluting influence of the servant class in general. (That servants corrupted upper class children was a given.) Schrero brings to bear a number of contemporary sources that present this fear, and which accentuate the emphasis in the story on Quint’s not being “a gentleman” or anything like that.

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