Poevember: WILLIAM WILSON

william wilson cover“Let me call myself, for the present, William Wilson.”

Poe’s short story “William Wilson” recounts William Wilson’s experiences with a mysterious person, also named William Wilson, who is unbelievably similar to the narrator. However, there is one major difference between these two men: one is good and one is evil. The story starts when the narrator is a young boy at school, and continues on throughout his dark and haphazard life.

Here’s Why I Love This Story:

  • Really strong character voice right from the beginning. You know the narrator isn’t a very good person, yet you can’t help but want to know more about his past and why he was so horrible.
  • DUALITY. Oh my goodness, it was done so well! The stark contrast between good and evil was clear as day between the two William Wilsons.
  • The story is told from the point of view of the evil “twin”, which is incredibly unique. Usually we only get the perspective of the good side. It was really interesting to view the light side from a dark mind.
  • The plot was executed excellently. The story began when they were young children in school and proceeded chronologically from that point on. It really helped build the world of the story- and the suspense!
  • THE ENDING. Once again, Poe has crafted a startling and brilliant conclusion. Love love love.

This was SO GOOD. I highly, highly recommend this one!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

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