Wandering Willie's Tale Essay

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Bussey holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. She is an independent writer specializing in literature. In the following essay, she examines Scott's presentation of the battle between good and evil on Earth in Wandering Willie's Tale.

Sir Walter Scott's short story Wandering Willie's Tale is considered his greatest achievement in supernatural writing. Although Scott's reputation rests on his novels, his few short stories are well respected, if often overlooked. Wandering Willie's Tale appears in the novel Redgauntlet: A Tale of the Eighteenth Century, a work of historical fiction that relates the stories of the Redgauntlet family. Set in Scotland, the story is told by a blind traveler to another person who is significant to the novel in its entirety, but not to this story as a freestanding piece of short fiction.

Although the eighteenth century was marked by a sharp...

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