Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde


“The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James's, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted country house. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the house, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted it ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, three centuries before. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville’s warnings. When the Otises learn that the house is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is a satire of American materialism, a lampoon of traditional British values, and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror tale.


The canterville ghost awoke in me an interest for “redemption” and whether we all get it or not. Although the story is pretty much a comedy I found a deep interest for the after life and what lies for us after death at the end of this book. It was interesting how even after decades of terrorizing innocent people Sir Simon (the ghost) was still seeking redemption. I guess classics like this have many layers to it, the story may be mostly comic but it also addresses some interesting topics, making it in the end a story about hope for even the worst person. If you read this story I’m pretty sure you´ll enjoy it! plus it really wont take much of your time; it is only 46 pages after all…

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