by Edgar Allan Poe
William Wilson Lies and Deceit Quotes
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Let me call myself, for the present, William Wilson. The fair page now lying before me need not be sullied with my real appellation. (1)
The unreliable narrator sets the stage for the theme of deceit.
Upon mankind at large the events of very early existence rarely leave in mature age any definite impression. All is gray shadow—a weak and irregular remembrance—an indistinct regathering of feeble pleasures and phantasmagoric pains. With me this is not so. In childhood I must have felt with the energy of a man what I now find stamped upon memory in lines as vivid, as deep, and as durable as the exergues of the Carthaginian medals. (11)
The narrator’s repeated insistence that he remembers this very well actually brings to surface the suspect nature of memory.