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Subject: English , asked on 17/2/14

pls give the brief summary of the canterville ghost .

Anushka Das From Kendriya Vidyalaya, added an answer, on 27/10/12
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THE CANTERVILLE GHOST


The Canterville ghost is a short story about a haunted mansion with a ghost.The novel begins with a warning to the Otis family, who wants to move into the

Canterville chase. Mr.Otis  ig nores  the warning and moves his family into the mansion anyway . M rs .O tis  noticed a dull red stain on the floor just by the 

fireplace  and ordered  Mrs . umney  to clean the stain Mrs . umney  explained that the blood stain dated back to 1575 the day lady E leanore  D e  C anterville   was  

murdered  by  her husband,   Sir  Simon   Canterville and  it could not be  removed.  Washington Otis, the oldest son, suggests that the stain be removed with 

Pinkerton’s  Champion  Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent Next day in the morning however the  bloodstain  that  Washington removed is back . I t was  rubbed  

again and  again but  it k ept  appearing.  The ghost has the ability to change forms. So he takes the role of various ghostly  apparitions,  after trying to scare the 

Otis  family several  times The ghost failed and  becomes  extremely sad. In  the  story, sir Simon was brave, frightening,  distressed, scared, and finally, 

depressed   and  w eak.  He exposes his vulnerability during an  encounter  with Virginia, Mr. Otis’ fifteen-year-old daughter. Virginia is different from  everyone 

else in the family, and Sir  Simon  recognizes this fact.  Unlike the rest of her family, Virginia does not dismiss the ghost. She takes him seriously She   listens to 

him  and she disappears  with  Sir Simon  to the Garden of  Death. Then she comes back to her family  .At the end t he ghost was finally 

buried and his funeral  was d one She wore the jewels left by the ghost    later  at her wedding.
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Ashish Rai , added an answer, on 12/3/13
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The story begins when Mr Otis's family shifted to Canterville Chase, despite warnings from Canterville that the house is haunted. Mr. Otis says he will take furniture as well as ghost at valuation. The Otis family includes Mr. and Mrs. Otis, their daughter Virginia, twin boys (often referred to as "Stars and Stripes") and their eldest son Washington. At first, none of the members of the Otis family believes in ghosts, but shortly after they move in, none of them can deny the presence of Sir Simon (The Ghost). The family hears clanking chains, they witness re-appearing bloodstains "on the floor just by the fireplace", which is removed every time it appears in various forms(colors). But, humorously, none of these scare the Otises in the least. In fact, upon hearing the clanking noises in the hallway, Mr. Otis promptly gets out of bed and pragmatically offers the ghost Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator to oil his chains.

Despite Sir Simon’s attempts to appear in the most gruesome guises, the family refuses to be frightened, and Sir Simon feels increasingly helpless and humiliated. When Mrs. Otis notices a mysterious red mark on the floor, she simply replies that she does “not at all care for blood stains in the sitting room.” When Mrs. Umney, the housekeeper, informs Mrs. Otis that the blood stain is indeed evidence of the ghost and cannot be removed, Washington Otis, the oldest son, suggests that the stain will be removed with Pinkerton’s Champion Stain Remover and Paragon Detergent: A quick fix, like the Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator, and a practical way of dealing with the problem.

Wilde describes Mrs. Otis as “a very beautiful middle-aged woman” who has been “a celebrated New York belle.” Her expression of "modern" American culture surfaces when she immediately resorts to using the commercial stain remover to obliterate the bloodstains and when she expresses an interest in joining the Psychical Society to help her understand the ghost. Mrs. Otis is given Wilde's highest praise when he says: "Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English..."

The most colourful character in the story is undoubtedly the ghost himself, Sir Simon, who goes about his duties with theatrical panache and flair. He assumes a series of dramatic roles in his failed attempts to impress and terrify the Otises, making it easy to imagine him as a comical character in a stage play. The ghost has the ability to change forms, so he taps into his repertoire of tricks. He takes the role of ghostly apparitions such as a Headless Earl, a Strangled Babe, the Blood-Sucker of Bexley Moor, Suicide’s Skeleton, and the Corpse-Snatcher of Chertsey Barn, all having succeeded in horrifying previous castle residents over the centuries. But none of them works with these Americans. Sir Simon schemes, but even as his costumes become increasingly gruesome, his antics do nothing to scare his house guests, and the Otises succeed in failing him every time. He falls victim to trip wires, pea shooters, butter-slides, and falling buckets of water. In a particularly comical scene, he is frightened by the sight of a “ghost,” rigged up by the mischievous twins.

During the course of the story, as narrated from Sir Simon's viewpoint, we come to understand the complexity of the ghost’s emotions. We see him brave, frightening, distressed, scared, and finally, depressed and weak. He exposes his vulnerability during an encounter with Virginia, Mr. Otis's fifteen-year-old daughter. Virginia is different from everyone else in the family, and Sir Simon recognizes this fact. He tells her that he has not slept in three hundred years and wants desperately to do so. The ghost reveals to Virginia the tragic tale of his wife, Lady Eleanor de Canterville.

Unlike the rest of her family, Virginia does not dismiss the ghost. She takes him seriously; she listens to him and learns an important lesson, as well as the true meaning behind a riddle. Sir Simon de Canterville says that she must weep for him for he has no tears, she must pray for him for he has no faith and then she must accompany him to the angel of death and beg for Death's mercy upon Sir Simon. She does weep for him and pray for him, and she disappears with Sir Simon through the wainscoting and goes with him to the Garden of Death and bids the ghost farewell. Then she reappears at midnight, through a panel in the wall, carrying jewels and news that Sir Simon has passed on to the next world and no longer resides in the house. Virginia’s ability to accept Sir Simon leads to her enlightenment; Sir Simon, she tells her husband several years later, helped her understand “what Life is, what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both.”

 

link -- >  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Canterville_Ghost  hope you all appreciate it

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Shraddha , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 18/2/14

Dear student,

A detailed summary of the novel, major themes and character sketches have already been provided in the website. Please check and let us know if you face any problem.

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Anushka Das From Kendriya Vidyalaya, added an answer, on 3/11/12
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it is short enough....

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Lill Baby Gal From Victoria Girls Sr. Sec. School, added an answer, on 27/1/14
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Devansh Malhotra , added an answer, on 21/12/13
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Neha , added an answer, on 18/2/13
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it is shrt bt gud..........

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Nisha Jha From Dav Public School, added an answer, on 28/11/12
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 ya.. it is short... n it is short more than needed.. the summary is not complete..

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Anjali Nair From St Mary's Secondary School, added an answer, on 28/5/13
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Tanushree Saxena From Kendriya Vidyalaya Air Force Station Thanew, added an answer, on 12/3/13
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 Tx u very much!!

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Sakshi Verma From Notre Dame School, added an answer, on 20/5/13
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 TY very much

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Chiranjiv , added an answer, on 24/2/13
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 prfct _ :) thanks alot 

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Krishna Agarwal From Delhi Public School, added an answer, on 8/3/13
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Shivangi Dubey From Sunbeam Academy, added an answer, on 27/10/12
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i appriciates the summary as provided by anushka das . 

and if u have more queries meritnation has provided the summary , themes, character sketch related to the novel .

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Anushka Das From Kendriya Vidyalaya, added an answer, on 28/10/12
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thanx.... shivangi....

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Rohit , added an answer, on 21/6/13

 give an brief summary chapterwise

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Ashish , added an answer, on 2/11/12

 please write litle bit short

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