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The double personality in Edgar Allan Poe’s tales: William Wilson and The Cask of Amontillado

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  1. Introduction
  2. The narration of William Wilson
    1. Clues to the fact that the 'other' William Wilson had no physical existence
    2. The representation of Wilson's life in Eton and Oxford
  3. William Wilson and The Cask of Amontillado
    1. Montresor: The narrator and main character
    2. Fortunato insulting Montresor
  4. Conclusion
  5. Bibliography

Edgar Allan Poe's stories often reflect some of his own personal problems. William Wilson and The Cask of Amontillado are usually classified with the label ?tales of the double (or evil) personality?. They reflect one of the strangest aspects of Poe's life. He actually had a blurred identity, and his quest to find who he was is visible in the different names he assumed during his early life: born Edgar Poe, he was an orphan at the age of three and was adopted by the Allans. This is whence his middle name came: he took it when he was fifteen years old. Three years later his adoptive father pushed him to enlist in the army, where he wanted to be called Edgar Perry. Poe is also known to have been a heavy drinker and a drug addict, but at the same time he was aware of these vices and tied to fight against them; this is another aspect of his blurred personality.

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