Analysis done by David Gustavo Pérez Vásquez
Id. Number 262545
Professor Luis Santoyo
Literatura Inglesa Siglo XIX
A ghost story
By Mark Twain
In “A ghost story” by Mark Twain, the narrator decides to take a room in an abandoned apartment building,. He starts to have an uneasy feeling about the building the moment he steps in and he begins to create ideas about the vibe the building gave to him. when he goes to the room he chose he lights op a fire and starts to relax in the room, he reminisces about past day, about friendship and the things that he has lived through. Then he decided to go to bed, and the moment he tucks himself in the bed, he feels as if someone is pulling his bed sheets, first gently but it began to apply more force to not be left without a cover. As he begins to look around to see what may be causing this phenomenon, he saw ashes and large footprints on the floor, then he began hearing voices and listening to chains being dragged on the hallway, then footsteps approaching the room and finally, a giant appears in his bedroom. He immediately recognizes as The Cardiff Giant, a mythical creature who was supposedly unearthed back in the day, but it was later told to be a hoax. The ghost explains to him that he has been trying to haunt the museum, where his body rests, but the man informs him that the “body” they have is nothing more than a replica of the original, and that the real one is in Albany, New York. The ghost then felt humiliated and ashamed and tells the narrator not to tell anyone about his encounter with him, and he flees the scene, with the narrators quilt and bathtub. This story takes place in one bedroom of an abandoned building, where the narrator decides to spend the night. The events take place in a single evening, and the room is full of cobwebs and dust. It is truly the sight of a decaying building, which serves as the perfect place to encounter a ghost. It is a fitting place for reflection, despite being dirty and abandoned, it is a peaceful place and is greatly improved once the giant has made his appearance, once the giant introduced himself, the feeling of dread is never mentioned again.
The way the characters feel is different at the beginning and at the end. First, the narrator is scared, of course, because he doesn’t know what the presence is, and he doesn´t know if his life is in danger, and the ghost is doing typical ghost stuff. But once the narrator recognizes him, he feels sorry for him, since he is doing an effort that is not going to be of any use. The narrator feels emphatic towards the ghost, which demonstrate that he is not a bad man at all. And the ghost proves to be quite naïve and unaware of the circumstances pertaining to his body. The first part of the story employs a different tone than the rest of it, since we don’t know yet what the narrator is against, we don’t really know if something demonic is lurking at the time, or if he is in any danger. Then the second parts, when the ghost is recognized, a light hearted mood sets in, when the narrator covers the ghost with his quilt, and they began to talk and share their stories and the life the Giant has had. A rough life, Then at the very end, comes a twist, where the narrator tells the ghost that the body he seeks is far away, this makes the ghost feel silly and leaves. The narrator role is Intradiegético, since he takes part in the story since the beginning and interacts fully with the other character, offering insight and experience, which the host lacked, about the situation of his remains, the narrator is notable for shifting the mood of the story once the truth is discovered, he no longer felt afraid.
Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to pen several novels, including two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was also a riverboat pilot,...
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