Why would Poe hinge a terrifying story on one literary element?

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It's from the story “William Wilson" by Edgar Poe. I really hope you can help me :D

Jul 8th, 2015

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An unnamed narrator announces that his real name shall remain a mystery, for he wishes to preserve the purity of the page before him. Instead, the narrator asks that we know him as “William Wilson” throughout the tale of misery and crime that he is about to tell. He explains that this tale will explain his sudden and complete turn to evil.

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Jul 8th, 2015

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