Haunted Hause Essay

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The story “A Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf is a short story in the fantasy genre, narrated in the third-person point of view, about a ghost couple and a living couple occupying the same house. The time period of the story is not clear but it seems to be a long time ago, at an old English house with a garden. The story begins with a “ghostly couple” looking for their treasure, in the house they previously lived in while alive. While alive, the ghosts lived in the house more than a century before the current residents. The woman died first, this is when the man left her and the house, he “went North, went East, saw the stars turned in the Southern sky.” Later when the man died, he returned to join the woman ghost at the house they occupied while together. Fearing, that the new couple may have found their treasure, the ghosts go from “room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there. Opening windows, whispering not to wake us, the ghostly seek their joy.” The narrator, being aware that there are ghosts in the house, never feared being harmed. In the end, the author reveals that the buried treasure is “the light in the heart,” referring to all the different places in and around the house, where they had expressed their love to each other. "A Haunted House" is story with meaning, by portraying to us the treasure of life. When two ghosts are searching through their old house, looking for their "Treasure", the treasure or meaning is revealed to us. The joy and love shared between two people is the treasure, the treasure of life. Virginia Woolf reveals the meaning of the story by using some stylistic devices. Virginia Woolf uses a style called the "Stream of Consciousness", revealing the lives of her characters by revealing their thoughts and associations. We learn about the ghosts past by seeing what they thoughts and associated with there

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