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William Wilson

William Wilson

by Edgar Allan Poe

Foil

Character Role Analysis

Dr. Spock. No, wait, it's William Wilson.

Surprise! William Wilson ALSO fills this role, acting as a foil for…himself. While the narrator William is addicted to vice, the second William Wilson is a pillar of morality and integrity. He is shady and invisible to the world while our narrator is out there interacting with (and generally cheating) other people.


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