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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black


by Susan Hill

The Woman in Black Theme of The Supernatural

What's more supernatural than ghosts and phantom noises and self-rocking chairs? The Woman in Black is chock-full of creepy, inexplicable details that point to one thing: the existence of ghosts. And it doesn't leave us any room for doubt. Unless—we're just going to throw this out there—unless the whole story is a way for Arthur to make sense of the otherwise senseless deaths of his wife and child. Could that be possible?

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. Are there really ghosts in the story or are they a figment of Arthur's imagination? Do the villagers' spooky tales get to him after all?
  2. Why do you think Jennet chooses to haunt Eel Marsh House and Crythin Gifford? Or does she even have a choice?
  3. Is the sound of the child crying out on the marsh the same kind of ghost as the woman in black?
  4. Why is Arthur not haunted by Stella and Joseph—or is he?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Arthur comes to Crythin Gifford not believing in anything irrational such as the supernatural, but his opinions slowly change as the evidence piles up.

At first, Arthur thinks that the residents of Crythin Gifford are backwards and ignorant, but it turns out that he's the ignorant one.

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