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Return to Oneness On the Theme of Doppelganger in Poes tales Doppelganger is a wraith or apparition of a living person as distinguished from a ghost The concept of the existence of a spirit double an exact but usually invisible replica of every man bird or beast is an ancient and widespread belief Everyone who reads Poe can easily notice the use of the dual or fractured image in his tales I will analyze a group of tales in which the motif of doppelganger is apparent and try to see what significance it has and how relevant it is to an understanding of him Poe believes that an artists finite mind should reflect as closely as possible the infinite mind of God What is the infinite mind of God Poe says that God created matter from His spirit The matter in the beginning assumes its simplest form without any distinct temperament trait or type This simplest form comprises Oneness which Poe believes to be the only natural condition of the universe However this simplest form gradually loses its Oneness and is willed by God into abnormal condition of many The transition of universe from natural to unnatural from normal to abnormal is accompanied by individualizations of all spiritual and material matters in the universe Being in an unnatural and abnormal state these spiritual and material individuations long for and eventually return to the Divine Unity which is as I mentioned above the only natural condition of the universe in Poes context Upon reunification God recreates the universe in another round in the same way This is what is called the infinite mind of God Although Poes notion that an artists mind should mirror Gods mind is absolutely idealistic Poe seems to live this ideal to a great extent by employing the image of doppelganger into his tales Poe believes that the human body and the psyche follow the same pattern manifested in the birth
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