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A Haunted House: Treasures Of Life Essay, Research Paper

A Haunted House: Treasures of Life

The short story “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.

By using irony and stream of consciousness Virginia Woolf is able to reveal the

meaning of the story.

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 pasts. For example when they were discussing death she put ” “Here we

slept,” she said. And he adds, “Kisses without number.” “Waking in the morning_”

“Silver between the trees.” “Upstairs-” “In the garden-” “When summer came-” “In

the winter snowtime-” “( A Haunted House Pg. 321). This quote shows us what

places and actions the ghosts associate with there joy and love. Using stream

of consciousness gives us a better feeling of what the characters are going

through, which in turn gives us a better understanding of the meaning.

We also see the use of irony, using a word or phrase to mean the exact

opposite of its literal or normal meaning. The irony is that the story is

titled “A Haunted House” which made us think that the house was an evil place.

The house ends up being where every thing good happens. The ghosts did not

haunt the people , instead they make them realize the treasure they have. By

seeing how much the ghosts valued finding their treasure it makes the people

take a harder look at what their treasure is, the love and joy they share. It

is very evident when she says ” Now they found it, one would be certain,

stopping the pencil on the margin. And then, tired of reading, one might rise

and see for one self”(A Haunted House Pg. 321). The irony draws use in by

making us think that we are about read a trivial ghost story, but instead, gives

us a deeper and more meaningful interpretation of ones life.

By Virginia Woolf’s use of, streaming consciousness and irony she is rather

dramatically able to portray her thoughts on the meaning of “A Haunted House”.

That the joy and love shared between two people is the treasure of life.

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