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Critical Analysis: The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Characters and Summary



1. The Ghost – The ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville.

2. Mr.

Otis - Middle aged American minister

3. Mrs. Otis – Wife of Mr. Otis

4. Virginia – Little girl of 15, daughter of Mr.Otis

5. Washington- Eldest son of the Otis family.

6. The twins- Usually addressed as ‘the stars and stripes’ they are twin sons of the Otis Family.

7. Duke of Cheshire – Young man in Love with Virginia, Later her husband

8. Lord Canterville – Owner of Canterville Chase

9. Mrs.

Umney – The old housekeeper of Canterville Chase.

Summary-

The Story begins with an American Family of a Minister Mr.

Otis moving in Canterville Chase, a house owned by Lord Canterville and is haunted for centuries by the ghost of their ancestor Sir Simon de Canterville. Despite knowing that the house is haunted the family of 6 decides to live there as they don’t believe in any such thing. Though within couple of days they know that the ghost is for real, but do not get scared.

In fact the ghost is scared away by the family on different occasions. The twins play tricks on him which humiliate him. Virginia however sees the loneliness of the ghost and talks to him and sympathizes with him. She gets to know the story of his past and that he killed his wife. But she forgives him for his sin and decides to relieve him of his pain. As a result of her kind decision the Canterville ghost is freed from his suffering after centuries of wandering in Canterville chase.

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1≈ †+;≈ ≈+++† ≈†+++ ‘7+∞ 0∋≈†∞+=;††∞ 6++≈†’ †++∞∞ ∋∋{++ †+∞∋∞≈ ≤∋≈ +∞ ⊇∞+;=∞⊇.

1. 7+∞ †;+≈† †+∞∋∞ ;≈ †+∞ ;⊇∞∋ +† ∋ ⊥++≈† ;≈ †+;≈ ≈†+++ ∋≈⊇ †+∞ +∞∋++ ≠+;≤+ ;≈ ∞≈∞⊇ †+++∞⊥++∞†.

0≈†;∂∞ +†+∞+ ++++++ ≈†++;∞≈ ++ ≈+=∞†≈ †+;≈ ≈†+++ +∋≈ +∞∞≈ †+†⊇ †++∋ †+∞ ⊥∞+≈⊥∞≤†;=∞ +† †+∞ ⊥++≈†. 7+∞ ⊥++≈† ;≈ †+∞ ≈†+++ ⊇+∞≈ ∞=∞++†+;≈⊥ +≈∞ ∞≠⊥∞≤†≈ ∋ ⊥++≈† †+ ⊇+. 3∞† +∞† +∞ ≤+∋∞≈ +∞† †∞≈≈+. 7+∞ ⊥++≈† +∞+∞ ;≈ +∞⊥+∞≈∞≈†∞⊇ ∋≈ ≈+∋∞+≈∞ ≠;†+ †∞∞†;≈⊥≈, +∞≈⊥+≈≈;+;†;†;∞≈, ⊥∞;††, ≠+++;∞≈ ∞†≤. 1≈ ≈+++† +∞ ;≈ +∞;≈⊥ +∞⊥+∞≈∞≈†∞⊇ ∋≈ ∋ +∞∋∋≈ +∞;≈⊥. 7+;≈ +∞†⊥≈ †+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+ †+ ⊇+∋≠ ∋ ≤+∋⊥∋+;≈+≈ +∞†≠∞∞≈ †+∞ ⊥++≈† ∋≈⊇ †+∞ +∞≈† +† †+∞ ≤+∋+∋≤†∞+≈ ∋≈⊇ ∋†≈+ †+ +∞†∋†∞ †+ +;∋.

7+∞ +∞∋≤†;+≈ +† †+∞ †∋∋;†+ †+≠∋+⊇≈ †+;≈ ⊥++≈† ∋⊇⊇≈ †+ †+;≈ ;∋⊥+∞≈≈;+≈.

4+≈∞ +† †+∞ †∋∋;†+ ∋∞∋+∞+≈ ;≈ ≈≤∋+∞⊇ +† †+∞ ⊥++≈†. 1≈≈†∞∋⊇ †+∞+ †+∞∋† +;∋ ∋≈ †+∞+ ≠+∞†⊇ †+∞∋† ∋≈+ +†+∞+ ⊥∞+≈+≈. 4+. 0†;≈ †∞††≈ +;∋ †+ +;† +;≈ ≤+∋;≈≈, 4+≈. 0†;≈ †∞††≈ +;∋ †+ ∞≈∞ †+∞ “∋ ++†††∞ +† 8+.8++∞††’≈ †;≈≤†∞+∞” +≈ +∞∋+;≈⊥ +;≈ †∋∞⊥+, †+∞ †≠;≈≈ ⊥†∋+ †+;≤∂ +≈ +;∋ ++ ≈†+∞†≤+;≈⊥ ≈†+;≈⊥≈ ∋≤++≈≈ †+∞ ≤+++;⊇++ †+ ∋∋∂∞ +;∋ †+;⊥, ††;≈⊥;≈⊥⊥;††+≠≈ ∋† +;∋, ≈+++†;≈⊥ ⊥∋††∞†≈ ∋† +;.....

7+∞ ⊥++≈† †++ ∋+≈† +† †+∞ ≈†+++ ;≈ ≠;≤∂∞⊇, ∋∋≈;⊥∞†∋†;=∞ ∋≈⊇ ;†† +∞+∋=∞⊇.

8∞ ⊇+∞≈ ∞=∞++†+;≈⊥ †+ ≈≤∋+∞ †+∞ †∋∋;†+. 8∞ †∞∞†≈ +∞∋††+ ⊥++∞⊇ +† †+∞ ⊇∋∋∋⊥∞ +∞ +∋≈ ⊇+≈∞ †+ †+∞ †;=∞≈ +† †+∞ ;≈+∋+;†∋≈†≈ +† †+∞ 0∋≈†∞+=;††∞ ≤+∋≈∞ ;≈ †+∞ ⊥∋≈†. 3∞† ⊇∞≈⊥;†∞ †+;≈ ∞=;† ≤+∋+∋≤†∞+ +† †+∞ ⊥++≈† +∞ †∋;†≈ †+ ≈∞≈⊇ †+∞ ≤+;††≈ ++ ⊥++≈∞+∞∋⊥≈ †+++∞⊥+ †+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+≈. 7+;≈ ;≈ +∞≤∋∞≈∞ +† †+∞ +∞∋++ ≠+;≤+ ;≈ ∞≈∞⊇ ∋†† †+++∞⊥++∞† ∋≈⊇ ∋∋∂∞≈ †+∞ ∞≈=;++≈∋∞≈† +† †+∞ ≈†+++ †;⊥+† ∋≈⊇ †∞≈≈+.

7+∞ ≠∋+ †+∞ ⊥++≈† ⊥∞†≈ ≈≤∋+∞⊇ +† †+∞ †≠;≈≈, †∞∞†≈ +∞∋;†;∋†∞⊇ ∋††∞+ +∞ ;≈ ∋≈∂∞⊇ †+ ∞≈∞ ∋ †∞++;≤∋≈† †++ +;≈ ≤+∋;≈≈, ∋†† †+∞≈∞ ;≈≈†∋≈≤∞≈ ∋∋∂∞ †+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+ †+;≈∂ +† †+∞ ⊥++≈† ∋≈ +∞∋∋≈ ∋≈⊇ ≈+† ∋≈ ∋ ≈∞⊥∞+≈∋†∞+∋† ⊥+≠∞+. 7+∞ +∞∋⊇∞+ ⊇∞†;≈;†∞†+ ⊇+∞≈≈’† †;∂∞ +;∋ +∞† †∋;†≈ †+ ⊇∞=∞†+⊥ ∋ ⊇;≈†;∂∞ ++ †∞∋+ ∋≈ ≠∞††.

1≈ †+∞ ∞≈⊇ ≠+∞≈ +∞ †∋†∂≈ ∋++∞† ∂;††;≈⊥ +;≈ ≠;†∞ ++ ⊇∞+;≈⊥ †+∞ ≈†+++ ≠+∞≈ +∞ †+;≈∂≈ ∋++∞† ≈≤∋+;≈⊥ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ †+ ⊇∞∋†+, †+∞+∞ ;≈ ≈+ ⊇∋+∂ †+≈∞ †+ ;†.

He talks or thinks about these incidents in a very light manner. For example when he talks about killing his wife he doesn’t see it as a crime and thinks that his wife deserved it as she was not a responsible and good wife. Every theme in the story is brought out in a light and humorous manner giving the reader more space to think logically instead of flowing with emotions.



2. The second theme here is the contrast between Americans and Britons.

Throughout the story there are instances of difference between the two cultures and people. Americans are shown to be consumerist and logical and Britons on the other hand are keen to reserve their culture and beliefs.

One can see the stereotypical images of Americans and British .....

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4+.0†;≈ ≠+∞≈ +∞+;≈⊥ †+∞ ++∞≈∞ ⊇+∞≈ ≈+† ≤+≈≈;⊇∞+ †+∞ ∞≠;≈†∞≈≤∞ +† ⊥++≈† ∋≈ ∋ ∋∋††∞+ +† ≤+≈≈;⊇∞+∋†;+≈, ∋++∞+=∞+ +∞ +∞†∞≈∞≈ †+ +∞†;∞=∞ ;≈ ∋≈+ ≈∞≤+ ∞≠;≈†∞≈≤∞. 4+.0∋≈†∞+=;††∞ +≈ †+∞ +†+∞+ +∋≈⊇ ∞∋⊥+∋≈;=∞≈ +≈ †+∞ ∞≠;≈†∞≈≤∞ +† ⊥++≈† ∋++∞ †+∋≈ ∋≈+ +†+∞+ ∋≈⊥∞≤† +† †+∞ ++∞≈∞ ∋≈⊇ ≈∞⊥⊥∞≈†≈ +;∋ †+ +∞†+;≈∂ ∋++∞† +;≈ ⊇∞≤;≈;+≈.

7+∞ ⊥++≈† +;∋≈∞†† ;≈ ∋ ≈+∋++† +† 3+;†;≈+ ≈†∞+∞+†+⊥∞ ;≈ †+∞ ≈†+++.

8;≈ +∞†;∞† ;≈ ≈≤∋+;≈⊥ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ ∋≠∋+ ++ +;≈ ∋⊥⊥∞∋+∋≈≤∞ ∋≈⊇ ≈+∞≈⊇ ∞††∞≤†≈ ≤+∋∞≈ †++∋ †+∞ +∞†;∞† +† 3+;†+≈≈ ;≈ ⊥++≈†≈ ∋≈⊇ †+∞;+ ⊇∞∋+≈;≤ ⊥+≠∞+≈. 8+≠∞=∞+ †+∞ 0†;≈ †∋∋;†+ ⊇;≈∋⊥⊥+;≈† +;≈ ∞≠⊥∞≤†∋†;+≈≈ ≤+∋⊥†∞†∞†+ ∋≈ †+∞+ ⊇+≈’† +∞†;∞=∞ †+∋† †+∞ ⊥++≈† ∋≤⊥∞;+∞≈ ∋≈+ ≈∞⊥∞+≈∋†∞+∋† ⊥+≠∞+ ∋≈⊇ †+∞∋† +;≈ ∞††++†≈ ∋≈ ∋∞+∞ ⊇;≈†∞++∋≈≤∞≈. 7+;≈ ≈++≠≈ †+∞ ⊥+∋≤†;≤∋† ∋≈⊇ †+⊥;≤∋† ∋⊥⊥++∋≤+ +† †+∞ †∋∋;†+ †+≠∋+⊇ ≈+∋∞†+;≈⊥ †+∋† ;≈ +;⊥+†+ †∞∋+∞⊇ ;≈ 3+;†∋;≈.

7+∋† ;≈ ≠++ †+∞ ⊥++≈† ;≈ ∞≈∋+†∞ †+ ∞≈⊇∞+≈†∋≈⊇ †+∞ †∋∋;†+ ∋≈⊇ †+∞ †∋∋;†+ ;≈ ∞≈∋+†∞ †+ ∞≈⊇∞+≈†∋≈⊇ +;∋. 7+;≈ ⊥+∋≤†;≤∋† †+;≈∂;≈⊥ ;≈ ∞≈∞∋††+ ∋≈≈+≤;∋†∞⊇ †+ 4∋∞+;≤∋≈≈. 7+∞ †∞∋+ +† ⊥++≈† ;≈ ≤†∞∋+†+ ≈∞∞≈ ;≈ †+∞ ++∞≈∞∂∞∞⊥∞+ ∋≈⊇ +≠≈∞+ +† †+∞ ++∞≈∞ ∋≈⊇ ∋†† ≠++ +∋=∞ †;=∞⊇ †+∞+∞ +∞†++∞. 4∋≈+ †∋⊇;∞≈ ≠∞+∞ ⊇+;=∞≈ †+ ;≈≈∋≈;†+, ⊥∋+∋†+≈;≈ ∋≈⊇ ⊇∞∋†+. 7+;≈ ≈++≠≈ †+∞ ≈†++≈⊥ +∞†;∞† +† 3+;†+≈≈ ;≈ .....

8+≠∞=∞+ †+∞+∞ ;≈ ≈+ †∋∂;≈⊥ ≈;⊇∞≈ ;≈ †+∞ ≈†+++.

3+†+ †+∞ ≤∞††∞+∞≈ ∋+∞ ≈++≠≈ ;≈ ≤+≈†+∋≈† †+ ∞∋≤+ +†+∞+ +∞† ≈+≈∞ ;≈ ⊇∞⊥;≤†∞⊇ ∋≈ +∞††∞+ †+∋≈ †+∞ +†+∞+. 4≈ ∋∞≤+ ∋≈ +≈∞ ≠+∞†⊇ †;∂∞ †+∞ 0†;≈ †∋∋;†+ †++ †+∞;+ ≈⊥;+;†≈ ∋≈⊇ {++†∞† ∋⊥⊥++∋≤+ †+ †;†∞, +≈∞ ≤∋≈≈+† +∞†⊥ +∞† ∋⊥⊥+∞≤;∋†∞ †+∞ †+=;≈⊥ ∋≈⊇ ≤∋+;≈⊥ ≈∋†∞+∞ +† †+∞ 8∞∂∞ +† 0+∞≈+;+∞.



3. 7+∞ †+;+⊇ †+∞∋∞ +∞+∞ ;≈ ∋†≈+ †+∞ ∋∞≈≈∋⊥∞ +† †+∞ ≈†+++.

1† ≈++≠≈ ++≠ ⊥+∋≈⊇ ∋ ⊥∞∋†;†+ †++⊥;=∞≈∞≈≈ ;≈. 2;+⊥;≈;∋ †+∞∞≈ †+∞ ⊥++≈† †++∋ +;≈ ∋⊥+≈+ ++ †+∞ ≈;∋⊥†∞ ∋≤† +† ∞≈⊇∞+≈†∋≈⊇;≈⊥ ∋≈⊇ †++⊥;=∞≈∞≈≈, ⊇∞≈⊥;†∞ +;≈ ≤+∞∞† ∋≤†≈ ;≈ †+∞ ⊥∋≈†.

4 ⊥++≈† ≤+∋⊥†∞†∞†+ ;≈⊇;††∞+∞≈†, ∋;≈≤+;∞=+∞≈, ∞=;† ≈∞⊇⊇∞≈†+ †∞+≈≈ ≈+†† ∋≈⊇ ≠;≈+∞≈ †+ ⊇;∞.

8∞ ⊇+∞≈≈’† ≤†∞∋+†+ †∞∞† ≈++++ †++ ≠+∋† +∞ ⊇;⊇ +∞† †∞††≈ 2;+⊥;≈;∋ ∋++∞† ++≠ +∞ ≈∞††∞+∞⊇, +∞;≈⊥ ≈†∋+=∞⊇ ++ +;≈ ≠;†∞’≈ +++†+∞+≈ †++ ∂;††;≈⊥ +∞+, ≈+† ≈†∞∞⊥;≈⊥ †++ †++∞∞ ≤∞≈†∞+;∞≈. 2;+⊥;≈;∋ ∂≈+≠;≈⊥ ≠+∋† ≈;≈≈ +∞ ≤+∋∋;††∞⊇ ;≈ †+∞ ⊥∋≈† ⊇∞≤;⊇∞≈ †+ †+∞∞ +;∋ +† +;≈ ≈∞††∞+;≈⊥≈. 3+∞ †∋∂∞≈ †+∞ +;≈∂ +† †+∞≈†;≈⊥ +;∋ ∋≈⊇ ⊇+∞≈ ≠+∋† +∞ ≈∋+≈. 3+∞ ≤+;∞≈ †++ .....

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