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What the does the novel The Canterville Ghost teach you?

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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 at a grand estate in Britain called Canterville Chase. The Otis family refuses to heed Lord Canterville's warnings that the mansion is haunted, and though the ghost tries his best to scare the family, they are not unnerved in the least by his best efforts.

From this story, two lessons can be learned. First of all, sometimes, serious change requires genuine understanding. When the daughter of the family, Virginia, tries to talk with the ghost, she finds out more about his story and she ends up being able to help him find peace. Second of all, the story proves that rational thinking has its rewards. The Otis family sticks to the commitment they made to stay in the mansion, even when the ghost makes scary noises. Mr. Otis very reasonably asks it to oil its noisy chains. By suggesting a solution and...

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