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Posted January 31, 2009 at 4:20 AM via web

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Why does the house beat "Safe, Safe, Safe" in the short story "A Haunted House" by Virginia Woolf?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 31, 2009 at 1:03 PM (Answer #1)

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In Virginia Woolf's story "The Haunted House," the narrator is the new resident in the house.  She is telling about the ghosts who are roaming the house seeking their "treasure" no matter what time they awaken.  They do not indicate that they are awakened by anything specifically.  In fact, the narrator says that it is not the ghosts that wake them.  This story is about being at home and being loved and safe in your home.  The remark about the "Safe, Safe Safe" description is personification.  Woolf is telling the reader that the home is safe and when you walk through the door you feel the breath of the house whispering that you are safe.  The stream of consciousness manner in which Woolf writes this story draws the reader into the mind and soul of the narrator as we are also drawn into the home that the spirits are drawn to night after night.

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