THURSDAY January 21st at 7pm: WILLIAM WILSON by Edgar Allan Poe

"Men usually become bad by degrees"

Although the path to evil is commonly assumed to be a slippery slope,
for him it was more of a steep and rapid decline.

This is a delightful "Story of the Psychotic Personality", that employs the theme of the doppelgänger.
Poe believes that any man is capable of performing irrational acts at any time and that every mind can instantly move from sanity to madness. Indeed the narrator here, who prefers to keep his real name secret, says that he did not become evil by degrees, as most men do. He became suddenly evil; "all virtue dropped bodily as a mantle."

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Book: William Wilson
Author: Edgar Allan Poe



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