Lies, imagination, subconscious-driven fantasy, wishful thinking, alter egos: this story has more versions of reality than an onion has layers. Not only is the narrator unsure of what is really happening, but we the reader are unsure of his story and even of his character. The gothic nature of this fiction adds a supernatural element to the tale that makes it even harder to distinguish reality from madness. “William Wilson” reminds us that the imagination has the power to create its own reality, and that all but the keenest minds can be distorted by it.
Reality is entirely subjective in “William Wilson.”
The narrator uses fiction to mask reality.