The Imp of the Perverse Setting & Symbolism

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Idea that one will act exactly as he or she should not for the fact that there is an undeniable compulsion to do so, simply because it is what one should not do. For example, when standing at the side of a cliff, there is a compulsion to jump, simply because we should not; the narrator feels that without someone to pull us back, we would probably jump.

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