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The Canterville Ghost

by Oscar Wilde

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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 148

1. Why do you suppose Virginia is the person Wilde chose to put Sir Simon to rest?

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2. What is the meaning of the subtitle "A Hylo-Idealistic Romance?"

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3. Who are the strongest characters in the story? What contribution does this choice make to the story's meaning?

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4. How does Mrs. Otis represent the "ugly American?"

5. What do you suppose Wilde means by the sentence "In many respects, [Mrs. Otis] was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays?"

6. What makes "The Canterville Ghost" a parody? What makes it a satire? What is the point Wilde wants to achieve through parody and satire?

7. Suppose a British family moved into a haunted house in the United States; what kind of house in the States might be suitable as a haunted house? How do you think the British would handle a haunting?

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