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‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’: Flora Wingrave’s Handmade Dolls Have a Much Darker Meaning

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Bly Manor Event based on the ghost story of Henry James Turn the screw. So season 2 of The drag a series of ghosts. In addition, the eerie house of Flora Wingrave (Amelie Bea Smith), handmade dolls add another layer of creep. Discover the deeper meaning behind Flora’s innocent children’s toy inside Bly Manor Event.

[SPOILERS AHEAD: Spoilers for The Haunting of Bly Manor discussed in this post.]

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Flora Wingrave has a large collection of dolls

Flora is the youngest child of Bly Manor. Together, she and her brother, Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), are left in the care of Hannah Grose (T’Nia Miller) and Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti).

Early on in Bly Manor Event, it becomes clear that Flora is different. Many viewers may be blamed for the uniqueness of Flora’s loss of both parents at an early age. But Flora ‘s tendency to see what other people can’t and her connection to the dolls means something more complete.

“Dolls, for children, are a way of playing with representations of real people,” showcased Mike Flanagan explained Vanity Fair. “I think for kids, it’s about discipline. Children have such a small group. Dolls provide that. ”

Ironically, where the dolls in Flora ‘s doll house give viewers with eagle – eyed viewers an idea of ​​what’s to come in a program action.

Flora Wingrave fills her dollhouse with the people of Bly Manor

From its former ruler, Mrs. Jessel, to her latest, Mrs. Clayton, Flora fills her dollhouse with characters past and present. Spectators with eagle eyes will notice more prominent characters of the season, but there are dolls, like the one like a pest doctor, who want an explanation.

Then there’s the doll that Flora won’t let in her dollhouse – a doll in a white gown with dark hair that lives under her dresser. Later, it is clear that some of the Flora dolls represent the ghosts that haunt Bly Manor. But does her position of the dolls mean she has control over them?

Flora Wingrave ‘s dolls symbolize control and possession

While Flora ‘s dolls may look like an innocent child’ s play, they are actually a symbol of something very threatening.

“There is also a darker side [Flora’s dolls], ”Said Flanagan. “Possession, claiming someone, stopping looking at them as a person, and instead, looking at them as something, like a doll – we can draw lines to all sorts of toxic romantic relationships in the way that, and getting into gender politics and the complaining about women specifically with this gender. ”

Flanagan says that there is little difference in how Flora handles her dolls as other characters interact with each other. “Key issues throughout the season are the distinction between love and property, the nature and importance of consent,” he said. “And property, which is throughout Henry James’ original material.”

The larger dolls, released by Bly Manor are also symbolic

Flora’s dolls are not the only symbolic metaphor Bly Manor Event. In a blink-or-you-miss-it-it moment as Dani examines Bly’s basement, a faceless little boy is seen among a bunch of cast gods.

VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI CLAYTON
VICTORIA PEDRETTI IN THE BEGINNING OF BLY MANOR | EIKE SCHROTER / NETFLIX © 2020

While Bly ‘s faceless ghosts have a whole new meaning, the doll’ s dungeon from days gone by captures the neglect that could be revealed if they had to leave in a hurry.

Fans need to watch it Bly Manor Event to create their own ideas about Bly’s dolls – and ghosts.