Symbolism In Ghost House By Robert Frost

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The term Ghost has a Germanic origin which means Spirit or Soul. The term ‘Soul’ is complicated because various established and widely followed spiritual doctrines like Buddhism neglect the existence of soul in anybody. But it is strange that Chinese Buddhism has a concept of Hungry Ghost; quite similar to the term ‘Preta’ in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism. So Buddhism will not accept Ghost as somebody’s soul which is appearing on earthly realm to fulfill his desires indeed Ghost is used as metaphor in various stories of Buddhism. Through this simple example, I just want to convey that definition of Ghost is not universal in all cultures across the world. Plenty of literature discuss Ghost as a disturb manifestation afterlife and if some doctrine …show more content…
The Poet is describing himself as a person with an aching heart in this poem. The most important thing is that before describing the Ghost of the house, his own mental condition was discussed in this poem; question arises why? My own perception is that his aching heart led him towards Ghosts, not Ghosts which brings him towards an aching heart. Robert Frost can never write ‘Ghost House’ with joyful …show more content…
The Ghost which is associated with our fear is itself a victim of fear from two children in this story. A very frequent question will arise in our mind; why the author depicted ghost in such an awkward situation? When that ghost goes to scare Mr. Otis, he gets strange reply from him.
“My dear Sir,' said Mr Otis, 'you must oil those chains. It's impossible to sleep with such a noise going on outside the bedrooms.”
Suddenly twins of Mr. Otis throw a large pillow on the Canterville Ghost and he, shocked completely, runs towards his secret chamber. In words of the author in the story:
“When the ghost reached his small secret chamber, he took a deep breath. No ghosts in history had ever been treated in this manner!”
Can anyone expect such a reply and treatment to any ghost when he comes to scare us? One thing that should be noted in the story is the characterization and appearance of the ghost. Ghost is more physical in appearance. There are few

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