The Canterville Ghost

I saw the cartoon film called «The Canterville Ghost» which is quite funny, but I didn’t know that it was based on the Oscar Wilde’s story. So it was interesting for me to read the story which I already knew.

The story is about the ghost of Sir Simon who murdered his wife, Lady Eleanore, 300 years ago and has to haunt the Canterville Chase for the wrongs he committed in life.

Those who live in the house are scared to death by him, he terrifies everyone. But finally the house is sold to an American, Mr. Otis, who is not afraid of the ghosts. His wife and his four children are not afraid, either. They all speak to the ghost as if he was an ordinary man, they give him advice and they worry about his health! The children play jokes on him! Sir Simon feels so depressed that he starts hiding from the family. Mr.Otis’ daughter Virginia feels sorry about the ghost and she helps him find peace.

This is the first story I’ve read by Oscar Wilde, and I must say, I am very impressed with his writing. He makes me think that the ghosts if they exist are not scary and mean. They are just unhappy. I sympathize with the ghosts!

Another thing about the story is that it keeps you wanting to read more and more.

I liked the way Oscar Wild writes. There were phrases which I wanted to memorize.

  • “I’m afraid you are far from well”
  •  “He held a rusty knife and thought of the pleasure of frightening Washington”

I love this story, and one day I’ll read it to my kids.

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