Explaining the ghost metaphor in Crimson Peak and why it’s sort of lackluster

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  1. I think the ghosts are metaphors of living people, like how it’s heavily implied that Thomas and Lucille choose to live as ‘ghosts’ when they are alive, eternally binding themselves to a ‘place’ or ‘feeling’. In the climax, Thomas tells Lucille that they have been ‘dead for a long time’, or something like that, after suggesting that they take new paths. I think the niches that ghosts choose (e.g. the manor, Lucille’s mother) are the past, but the ghosts are the the characters that don’t realize they’re real people and can change their paths (like the convo before Thomas and Edith have sex). I think the film invites us to consider whether we are ghosts ourselves.

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