The Hidden Treasure of Love
Death parted them when the life of his wife was taken from him suddenly. After her death, he left the house and sealed up all of the windows leaving the house empty. After both of them left this world, the dead couple reunited back in their old place of living. Now two ghosts wander through an occupied house that they lived in over a century ago in search of the hidden treasure. The ghosts search and search while the living couple listens and tries to figure out what they are looking for. While the living couple hears the doors open, drawers shut, or whispering throughout the house, they do not feel harmed and the narrator slowly shows the indication of the memories while the dead couple was living. The ghosts worry that the living couple has already found the buried treasure before they had the chance to find it for themselves but keep searching in every room in the house with hope that the treasure is still there. In the end they come upon the living couple asleep in their bed, the treasure was still there in their possession and the light of the heart was the buried treasure.
The story, “A Haunted House” is written by the woman that currently lives in the house. The narrator starts by saying, “Whatever hour you woke, there was a door shutting” (p. 1). This begins the story by letting the readers know about the search that is going on in their house. The living couple experiences and lives through the love and memories of the past residents that dwell in their home. The fear is not there for they know that the ghost couple means no harm, they are simply in search of something they have left behind. The curiosity and anxiousness of the narrator and her husband keep them interested in discovering the mystery treasure. In “A Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf a ghost couple searches for a special treasure they once possessed in a happy life.
Even though the story “A Haunted House” is short in context, there are many themes that make up this short story. One of many themes is “the power of true love never fades.” Both couples in the story contribute to this theme immensely. Throughout the story the ghosts are in search of the buried treasure, later on finding out that treasure that is not tangible. "My hands were empty" (p. 3) Even though the treasure was not something they could hold or see, they still kept looking. “Here we left it,” she said. And he added, “Oh, but here too” (p. 2). It is everywhere but they are still not sure what they are even looking for. The rooms they search through bring back the memories and feelings they once had when they were still alive. Even though each room was different, they all had the same feeling inside. Woolf shows that even in “A Haunted House” the fate of love will endure. The love of the dead couple has been left and carried on through the couple that now lives in their house.
The title of the short story misleads the readers to think that...