There is little of objective reality to be found in “William Wilson,” and if you think you’ve found it, good luck proving that it's not a lie. From the story’s unreliable narrator to its ambiguous conclusion, it’s just hard to tell what the real deal is. The text focuses heavily on self-deception and the imagination’s ability to convince us of even the most unfathomable ideas.
William Wilson lies to his reader only subconsciously, because he has convinced himself of his own deceptions.
William Wilson consciously lies to his readers.