The Canterville Ghost

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The Canterville Ghost

The story begins when Mr Otis and family move to Canterville Chase, despite warnings from Lord Canterville that the house is haunted.At first,none of the Otis family believe in ghosts, but shortly after they move in, none of them can deny the presence of Sir Simon de Canterville.Despite Sir Simon's (ghost) attempts to appear in the most gruesome guises, the family refuses to be frightened, and Sir Simon feels increasingly helpless and humiliated.During the course of the story, as narrated from Sir Simon's viewpoint, he tells us the complexity of the ghost's emotions: he sees himself brave, frightening, distressed, scared, and finally, depressed and weak. He exposes his vulnerability during an encounter with Virginia. She does weep for him and pray for him, and she disappears with Sir Simon through the wainscoting and goes with him to the Garden of Death and bids the ghost farewell. Then she reappears at midnight, through a panel in the wall, carrying jewels and news that Sir Simon has passed on to the next world and no longer resides in the house.

The Canterville Ghost

Sir Simon de Canterville, Hiram Otis, Virginia, Mrs. UmneyMrs. Lucrezia Otis, Washington Otis, Cecil, Otis Twin 2Otis Twin 1


RECOMMENDATIONI recommend it to everybody....

The Canterville Ghost was of an old Canterville Chase, which has all the accouterments of a traditional haunted house. Descriptions of the wainscoting, the library panelled in black oak, and the armour in the hallway characterize the Gothic setting. Wilde mixes the macabre with comedy, juxtaposing devices from traditional English ghost stories such as creaking floorboards, clanking chains, and ancient prophecies with symbols of contemporary American consumerism.



AUTHOROscar Wilde


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