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The Canterville Ghost | Study Guide

Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde

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Comedy, Horror, Satire

Perspective and Narrator

"The Canterville Ghost" is narrated from the third-person omniscient perspective.


"The Canterville Ghost" is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title "The Canterville Ghost" refers to Sir Simon de Canterville, the main character in the story. Sir Simon is the malevolent spirit who haunts Canterville Chase, near Ascot, Manchester, England. Originally, the story's full title was "The Canterville Ghost—A Hylo-Idealistic Romance: The Redemptive Heroine." This title reveals Wilde's satirical intentions and targets as well as emphasizes Virginia's importance in the story's main plot.


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