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Compare and Contrast "The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde and "Company" by Robert Grossmith

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Compare and Contrast "The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde and "Company" by Robert Grossmith The short stories "The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde and "Company" by Robert Grossmith are both ghost stories. Both stories have the same starting, which are of a new family that moved into an old house which had been abandoned for a long time. "The Canterville Ghost" is set in England in the 1880's. It is about a 300 years old ghost that had scared off all the people that had come to live in his mansion. Running through it is a theme of making jokes about the high society of England and Americans in general. This was something Mr. Otis (the American who bought the mansion) said "I reckon that if there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe, we'd have it at home in a very short time in one of our public museums, or on the road as a show." ...read more.

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Both stories aren't typical ghost stories. "The Canterville Ghost" was a funny story that portrayed how a ghost was scared of ghosts! One such example came when the ghost of the mansion was trying to scare the family and the twins (the people who moved into the old mansion) came from behind and shouted "BOO!" into the ghost's ear from which he got scared. This story had one main character and that was the ghost. The whole story revolved around what he did because the family couldn't see him unless he wanted them to. The ghost didn't understand why the children weren't scared of him and that's why he thought that they were trying to be rude to him on purpose! "Company" was far more serious and sad. "Company" was situated in England after World War 1. "Company" had one main character, William. William had become desperately lonely staying alone and wanted to be friends with Angela (the daughter of the family that moved in). ...read more.

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This was what the Canterville ghost meant when he said someone had to do to set him free, "You must weep with me for my sins, because I have no tears, and pray with me for my soul, because I have no faith, and then if you have always been sweet and good, and gentle, the Angel of Death will have mercy on me." The ghost was freed by the daughter, Virginia. "Company" however was different because Angela accidentally fell from her window and died. Then William decided it was time for him to pass on. The Canterville ghost was trapped because of his wrong doings and needed something very pure to release him from his curse while William was too scared to leave the human world. Both ghosts find their freedom and go to heaven presumably. In the end both the ghosts were freed and the stories stop at that point. Angela's family was grieving her death and the Otis' were rejoicing that they didn't have to deal with a ghost anymore. Shrayans 10JD 845 words 1 ...read more.

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