The Canterville Ghost

by

Oscar Wilde

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Canterville Chase

The sale of Canterville Chase symbolizes a profound change in sociopolitical power in England. In the past, very few people in England owned the land on which they lived, and most landowners were also members…

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The Bloodstain

The bloodstain on Canterville Chase’s sitting-room floor symbolizes the continued relevance of the aristocracy and, by extension, Sir Simon himself. All stains—whether they’re caused by barbecue sauce or blood—serve as a material reminder of…

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The Almond Tree

The almond tree that blooms at the end of The Canterville Ghost symbolizes unlikely beginnings. Almond trees don’t really grow in England: they’re more adapted to hotter climates in the Mediterranean. So, it’s no real…

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