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Like many of Poe’s stories, The Turn of the Screw is a story that refuses to be read.  From the very beginning, you aren’t really sure what exactly this story is about.  Even after you have delved into the story completely, you’re still uncertain.  And the story doesn’t really give you many clues either.  For this reason, I am not going to summarize the story, because every piece of it is all based on reader interpretation.  There are very few facts in this book.  In fact, the only fact I could walk away with is that there is no objective reality: only interpretation.  The details of this story are absolutely unimportant and irrelevant.  It’s more of an experience than a novel.

Still, I highly recommend it.  I understand why it is a must for English majors.  This is definitely the emergence of the postmodern.  The story is full of suspense and disbelief.  The whole time, the reader is left wondering what the newest development means to their interpretation of the events so far: is your take on the story supported or completely destroyed?  I changed my mind about this story several times only to change it several more in my class discussion.

This book is definitely nightmarish, but it shows the creative possibilities of fiction work.  James take a story that he reportedly heard from a Protestant pope and turned it into a psychological thriller.  If that isn’t awesome, what is?

Although it was difficult for me to get through at times – the language is a little daunting and the story is definitely difficult – it is a worthwhile journey.

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Only 2.5 weeks left between me and the wonderful relaxation of Spring Break.  Obviously, I will be spending most of it reading.  What else would you expect?

I’m hoping to cross some books off of my challenge list and discover some new reads.  Any suggestions? I obviously already have a stack waiting, but I love to hear what you guys think I MUST READ!  It will undoubtedly help me in finalizing my Spring Break List, which I will obviously share with you when it is finalized.

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I have spent the last several days with this story: analyzing it, researching it, reading it, and writing about it.  For a short story, it is quite gripping and moving.  It’s funny out times, outlandish at others.  Like Dorian Gray in many respects, it explores human nature.  It doesn’t critique it explicitly but extremely subtly.  Wilde is ingenious in that way: he makes the reader do all the work.

Without giving it all away, here’s a general summary of what the story is about :

At a party at Lady Windermere’s house, Lord Arthur Savile meets the cheiromantist (hand reader), Septimus Podgers.  After some convincing, Podgers reads Lord Arthur’s hand and tells him that he will commit a murder.  After hearing this, Lord Arthur Savile feels a great duty to carry out the deed before he marries his sweetheart, Sybil Morton: “He felt that to marry her, with the doom of a murder hanging over his head, would be a betrayal like that of Judas, a sin worse than any the Borgia had ever dreamed of” (Wilde 39).

I am really glad I decided to write my paper on this story because it really brought out some interesting topics.  The story itself took me less than an hour to read and I found myself really enjoying it.  Usually I don’t get really involved with short stories, but I was genuinely interested in what would happen next. If you like short stories and are interested/enjoy the works of Oscar Wilde, I definitely recommend this one.  It has a lot of the same themes and motifs that show up in his later works.

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