The Canterville Ghost Questions and Answers

The Canterville Ghost

This is an opinion question, so feel free to state any character from the story. The important part is adequately defending your answer. The explanation for your choice should be more in depth...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

"The Canterville Ghost" ends with a conversation between Virginia Otis and her new husband, the Duke. The Duke laments to Virginia that she has been keeping a secret from him. Virginia has never...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2018, 4:12 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The story's main characters are the Canterville Ghost and the Otis family. The Canterville Ghost, a former English lord named Sir Simon, murdered his wife centuries ago. For this crime, he is...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018, 8:08 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Sir Simon de Canterville of Oscar Wilde's delightful story “The Canterville Ghost” is a ghostly actor extraordinaire. He has a strong theatrical streak that makes him take great pleasure in scaring...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2021, 4:36 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville ghost makes a number of attempts to scare the Otis family. In Chapter Two, for instance, he reapplies the blood stain in the library, which the family have cleaned off. In the same...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2017, 9:05 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The themes of love and death are intertwined in "The Canterville Ghost." Beneath the surface comedy of role reversal, in which the American Otis family frightens the ghost and not vice versa, lurks...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Oscar Wilde's novella The Canterville Ghost is both a ghost story and a parody of this kind of suspenseful tale. In this story, the ghost of the title attempts to haunt an American family staying...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019, 8:49 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Mr Otis is clearly forceful and direct. He openly speaks his mind as illustrated when he speaks to Lord Canterbury about the ghost. He tells the lord that if such a thing existed, it would be used...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2017, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

"The Canterville Ghost" is a hilarious short story written by Oscar Wilde. It is about the American Otis family and their recent move into a haunted mansion. The mansion is haunted by Sir Simon's...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2015, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville ghost did really kill his wife. When the sweet Virginia asks him about it, he says: 'Well, I quite admit it,' said the ghost, 'but my wife was not very nice, you know, and she...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 7:48 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The blood stain has been on the floor near the fireplace in the sitting room of Canterville Hall since the murder of Lady Eleanore de Canterville in 1575. Lady Eleanore was killed by her husband,...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2017, 10:35 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

A chase is a hunting or game preserve. Canterville Hall or Canterville Chase is called a chase because it was once, and probably still is, a place where upper-class people would gather to hunt. It...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016, 12:36 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The ghost's initial attempt to frighten the Otis family is a disaster. Instead of being scared, Mr. Otis instead advises him to oil his clunky, rusty chains and manacles. He gives the ghost some...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2017, 8:33 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Virginia in "The Canterville Ghost" is empathic, compassionate, active, courageous, gentle and pure. While her parents take a practical approach to the Ghost, scrubbing out the blood stains he...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Mr. Otis offers Sir Simon's ghost some oil. Mr. Otis wants Sir Simon to oil his squeaky ghost chains, so the chains won't make so much noise at night. Soon after the Otis family moves into...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2016, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In Chapter Five of "The Canterville Ghost," Virginia helps the ghost by enabling him to enter the Garden of Death. She does this by accompanying the ghost through the wall of the Tapestry Chamber...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2016, 8:45 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In "The Canterville Ghost," the ghost makes his first appearance to the Otis family in Chapter Two. Every member of the family is in bed after a busy day of driving and, around 1 a.m., Mr Otis is...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016, 7:47 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In "The Canterville Ghost," the twins delight in playing tricks on the ghost. In Chapter Three, for example, the twins set upon the ghost with their pea-shooters. They also help their brother to...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2017, 10:30 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In a story about a ghost, a reader might assume that the main antagonist is going to be the ghost. That's how "The Canterville Ghost" begins too. Sir Simon has been haunting the house for...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016, 2:45 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

I hope that it is okay to compare and contrast three characters. I would like compare and contrast Virginia Otis and the Otis twins. For the sake of simplicity though, I am going to refer to the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In "The Canterville Ghost," the Otis family consists of two adults and four children. First of all, there is Mr Hiram B. Otis, an American Minister, who has packed up his family and moved them to...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016, 2:11 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

"The Canterville Ghost" is described as a comico-horror story because it has elements which both amuse and scare the reader. Beginning with comedy, there are a number of humorous elements in the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

"The Canterville Ghost" is a horror story because parts of the story are genuinely creepy and scary. In the story, readers are told that Sir Simon brutally murdered his wife and has been haunting...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2016, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

This story plays on the perceived pragmatism of Americans, who were, in the late 19th century, using their newly growing wealth and power to buy their way into English life. Their pragmatism...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2016, 8:24 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Mrs. Umney, the housekeeper at Canterville Chase, explains the origin of the bloodstain that Mrs. Otis spies on the floor of the library near the fireplace. Mrs. Umney says that the blood stain...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2017, 1:15 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The twins expect the ghost, and so they prepare a classic practical joke. They prop a jug of water at the top of the door so that it will fall on the head of whoever next opens the door. The ghost,...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018, 12:46 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Mrs. Umney, the British housekeeper, and the Otises at first have very different responses to the bloodstain on the library floor. Mrs. Umney is sure it is the blood of the murdered Lady Eleanore...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2021, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Hiram Otis, patriarch of the Otis family, is presented by Wilde as being the quintessential American. Direct, outspoken, and down-to-earth, Mr. Otis has no time for anything that smacks of...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019, 8:26 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

If we begin first with the members of the Otis family, there are six in all. Firstly, there is Mr. Hiram Otis, the head of the family, who is a very practical and outspoken man. Next is his wife,...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The British believe in tradition and aristocracy, whereas the Americans believe in pragmatic modernity and a republican (non-monarchial) form of government. Ghosts haunting ancestral halls are part...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2018, 1:52 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

For being such a pivotal moment in the story, there is not much description of the Garden of Death. Sir Simon first mentions the Garden of Death in section five of the story. At this point in the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2017, 12:48 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The ghost of Sir Simon was not scary to the Otis family in the slightest. The first indication that readers have of the Otis family's disregard for the ghost is the fact that they bought the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

There is a certain timelessness to Oscar Wilde's 1887 story The Canterville Ghost. During both World War II and the so-called "British invasion," there was a sense among many in England that its...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2017, 2:18 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In the short story "The Canterville Ghost," the young Virginia helps the ghost find peace and move on to the Garden of Death. In the story, she is the only character who listens to and heeds the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019, 3:39 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Washington Otis is the oldest Otis son. His role in the story is not large, but he represents American practicality and know-how. He is the one who uses Pinkerton's Champion Stain Remover and...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018, 4:47 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Wilde most aptly and humorously portrays these reversals by depicting the poor Canterville ghost's dilemma in his encounters with the Otis family. The ghost, obviously supremely confident of his...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2017, 10:47 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In Chapter Five of "The Canterville Ghost," the ghost meets Virginia in the Tapestry Chamber and asks her to pray for him. He asks this because he wants to enter the Garden of Death so that he can...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016, 10:50 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In the story, Lord Canterville warns Mr. Otis about the ghost by telling him of its existence. In addition, Lord Canterville tells Mr. Otis about his family's experience of living at Canterville...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2017, 8:06 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The first appearance of the Canterville Ghost occurs after Washington Otis declares that special stain remover will get rid of the blood stain that has been there since the 1500s. The stain is...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The Otis family does not treat Sir Simon in the way that readers would expect them to treat a ghost. When the story begins, Mr. Otis is informed about the presence of the ghost. However, he denies...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

One of the story's main threads is the growing relationship between Virginia and the Ghost, who discovers that Virginia, far from fearing him once she hears his full story, is sorry for him and...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018, 6:45 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

When Mr. Otis, the American Minister, gives the ghost a bottle of lubricant to oil his chains, the ghost's reaction is one of deep chagrin. He recalls all the aristocrats and servants he has...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019, 1:24 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Mrs. Umney has been the housekeeper at Canterville Hall for many years, and her words and actions show she takes the story of the ghost haunting the castle very seriously. She tells the Otises that...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019, 11:10 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

That is a tough question, because Oscar Wilde wrote a great story. It's hilarious because of the way that he wrote it. At first the reader believes that a standard, creepy ghost story is going to...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2015, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

As an honest man, Lord Canterville feels that it is his duty to inform the Otis family that the Canterville house is haunted by a ghost. As an aside, I figure a really honest man would have said...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2017, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost, Sir Simon, had been repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to frighten the Otis family, the new residents of ancestral Canterville Hall in England. Being Americans, the family...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 9:09 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

Cool question. I am not allowed to write it out word for word for you though. I will try and steer you in the right direction though. Based on how I read the writing prompt, it sounds like you...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The title of this story is justified because it really is a story about Sir Simon, the Canterville ghost. When the story begins, the reader thinks that this is a story about the Otis family and...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2017, 9:16 am (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

In "The Canterville Ghost," the Cantervilles, who are British lords, believe in the ghost that haunts their estate as part of their storied history. Lord Canterville tells the American Minister...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost, otherwise known as Sir Simon, planned to take his revenge on the Otis family is the standard ghostly fashion. He plans to scare them out of his house. Many, many years ago,...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2015, 1:38 am (UTC)

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