The Canterville Ghost



The Canterville Ghost is CBSE Recommend Novel which is very helpful to improve reading skills of the students.

The Canterville Ghost is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named sir simon and an American ambassador named Mr. Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to england with his family and moves into a haunted castle. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the castle , warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted the castle ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, centuries ago. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville’s warnings. When the Otises learn that the castle is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is a satire of American materialism and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror tale.

The Canterville Ghost is a study in contracts. The story illustrated wilde’s tendency to reverse situations into their opposites, as the Otises gain the upper hand and succeed in terrorizing the ghost rather than being terrorized by him. All the tricks played on the ghost are humours , with the most ironic being the fake ghost which powerful weapon used by wilde to defuse the tension and scary atmosphere that characterise a traditional ghost story. Oscar wilde treats even murder flippantly.

The ghost of the castle for centuries . He was Sir Simon de canterville and died in 1584, his spirit still haunts the chase. His aspect is very terrible: “he is an old man , his eyes were as red burning coals/ long grey hair fell hair fell over his shoulders in matted coils, his garments, which were of antique cut, were soiled and ragged , and from his wrists and ankles hung heavy manacles and rusty gyves.”

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