theme of the novel the canterville ghost?
The Canterville Ghost is a study in contrat. Wilde take an American famly, and places them in a British settings. Then, through a series of enough mishaps, he pits one cultural against the other. His stereotypical character represents both England and the United states. He presents each of these characters as comical figures. Wilde satirises both the unrefined tastes of the Americans and determination of the British to guard their traditions. Sir Simon is not a symbol of England, as perhaps. Mrs. Umney is, but rather a paragon of Brtish culture. He stands in perfect contrasts to the Otises. Sir Simon misunderstands Otises just as they misunderstands him. Wilde clearly wishes to emphasise the culture clash between England and the United States by putting them against each other. Though Wilde tells a humourous tale, but it appears that he also intends to convey a message. He uses a fifteen-year-old VIrginia for this purpose. Virginia says that the ghost helped her see the significance of life and death, and why love is stronger than both. "The Canterville Ghost" has the theme of life and death to examine the issue of forgiveness.