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William Wilson

William Wilson


by Edgar Allan Poe

Guide Mentor

Character Role Analysis

William Wilson

If you buy the epigraph’s suggestion that the double is William’s conscience, then he indeed acts as a guide for the narrator, or rather, part of the narrator’s character acts as a guide for the other part of the narrator’s character. William admits that his double had a strong moral sense and would often guide him towards the “right” action, at least before they became mortal enemies, at which point he forced the right action onto his facsimile.