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The Old Willis Place Essay

729 words - 3 pages

Could you be friends with a ghost? You journey through this question with Mary Downing Hahn’s book, “The Old Willis Place.” In The Old Willis Place, two children, Diana and Georgie live together on a farm with a abandoned house. The farm has caretakers that don’t take care of the farm at all. Though Diana and Georgie are bound by “the rules” Diana talks to the caretaker’s daughter, Lissa. The two become best friends. But one day, when the two venture into the old house, Lissa lets out Ms. Lillian’s ghost, who despises, and had killed Diana and Georgie decades ago. Late one night, Ms. Lillian finds Diana and Georgie. The two find out the truth about what really happened the night they died. In the end, all three ghosts go with Diana and Georgies parents, and leave the farm behind. The Old Willis Place is believable because there is many round characters, dynamic characters, and a common setting.

The Old Willis Place has many round characters, thus making it believable. When Lissa is writing in her diary, she wrote, “I’d love to see a ghost-- just to know for sure they exist.”(Page 19) This piece of the book proves that there are round characters inside. Lissa, like she said here, is very curious. She is full of thoughts and wonders, like everyone is. When Diana and Georgie are arguing about Lissa, Georgie exclaims, “I hate her.” (page 63) There, displays that Georgie has feelings. He has many emotions. Both Georgie and Diana have opinions and feelings. They seem like real people, even though they are ghosts. Since they all have emotions, thoughts, and wonders, they seem realistic, making them round characters.

The books characters also are dynamic characters. In the beginning, when Lissa doesn’t quite know who Diana is,and when Diana hasn’t washed up in decades, she wrote in her diary, “What was that horrible creature?” (50) Lissa doesn’t know it was Diana, so she assumed it was a horrible looking monster. But later in the book, when she starts to become friends with...

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