Narrator and point of view

The short story “William Wilson” by Edgar Allan Poe is told by a first-person narrator who is also the main character. 

The narrator addresses the readers directly as if they were his listeners, able to give their input regarding the story: “Listen, while I tell of the one cause that made this happen” (p. 6, l. 11), or “perhaps no one will object if for a short time I forget my troubles and tell a little about this period” (p. 7, ll. 16-17). This gives the impression of a confession, as the narrator believes he is close to death and wants to be understood and perhaps forgiven: “Death is near (...) I desire, in passing through this dark valley, the understanding of other men.” (p. 6, ll. 12-13). This would appear to suggest that the narrator is truthful, or b...

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