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The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw


by Henry James

The Uncle

Character Analysis

As you can see, the general theme here is that we don't really know anything at all about any of these characters, even our narrator. However, Miles and Flora's uncle really takes the cake for shady, mysterious characters here – we don't know his name, what he looks like, what he does, or what any of his motives are. All we know is the he's wealthy and handsome, and that these things alone win the Governess's heart from the moment she meets him.