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Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock have insane characters in their stories Some examples are Edgar Allen Poes William Wilson in William Wilson and the narrator of the Tell-Tale Heart and Alfred Hitchcocks Bruno in Strangers on a Train These characters have similar foundations for their unstable sanity however each character had his own peculiar motives which led to this unsound state-of-mind William Wilson appears what society deems normal in the beginning of the short story He admits his faults in his imaginative and easily excitable temperament pg 66 He even begins his story by revealing remorse and shame for his past actions The fair page now lying before me need not be sullied with my real appellation pg 66 These traits are those which characterize a sane mentality The story goes on to describe the normal life of any boy away at school Wilson gains the respect and admiration of others with his ardor enthusiasm and imperiousness that are innate to popular and socially competent persons pg 70 However when Wilson notices that there is one youth whom does not claim the admiration for Wilson as the others Wilson becomes threatened This Other person continually interferes with Wilsons life in an unwelcome manner Although Wilson admits to almost developing a friendship with him he becomes so disturbed with the Others interference that in a rage he murders him At this point Wilson may be called insane for the brief moment he lost his hold on reality and killed attempted to kill what he believed was another living being-but there is yet an untold aspect of the role of the Other in Wilsons life Wilson is not perceived as temporarily insane for a moment in rage but as having a long-term illness Wilson perceived the Other as almost a twin in resemblance and name I discovered the remarkable fact that we were of the same age the same height and I perceived that
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