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The Jolly Corner

             "The Jolly Corner,"" a short story by Henry James, depicts Spencer Brydon's battle with his haunting alter ego, his perverse personality, and his troubling and regretful past, all the while Alice Staverton eases his struggle with her unconditional love for him. Spencer confronts his ghostly manifestation in hopes to bring the inconvenience of his doppelganger to a doubtless close. However, his perverse character acts as an obstacle in the effort to discover his true sole identity. Spencer is exhorted by Alice to reevaluate his fickle emotions and also the derivative of his anguish.
             When Spencer unearths the roots of his convoluted past he reveals his captivating alter ego. As Spencer adventures deep into his past exposing distressing elements, toying with the idea that he is being stalked by a sinister ghost, he grasps the "terror of apparitions."" He understands that his horrifying, detestable alter ego does not simply trigger his imagination; this ghostlike apparition generally terrifies him to the point that he begins to psychologically break down. Being the ridiculously perverse man that he is, Spencer finally designates to dare to confront and furthermore challenge his alter ego, and contend to open his eyes to who he is and who he wants to become. After turning back to his harmful past and the revelation of self-discovery, Spencer acquires a higher knowledge of his other side, and is now capable of examining and facing his deepest fears.
             By enduring through his seemingly endless battle with himself, Spencer's perversities and fear of himself become the abstract issue. Spencer is unaware that his perverse being is the greater reason why he is conflicted by his misinterpretation of who he really is: "And then the beauty of it "I mean of my perversity, of my refusal to agree to deal' "is just in the total absence of a reason."" Spencer understands that he is a troubled man but cannot conceive that his perversities take part in his struggle.

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