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In Algernon Blackwood’s short story “The Willows”, are the events the characters experience caused by natural or supernatural phenomena? Explain with references to events and details from the story.

In Algernon Blackwood's short story "The Willows" the events the characters experience appear to be a combination of the natural and the supernatural. Some of the strange experiences the two canoeists encounter, such as tapping sounds outside the tent, could well be seen as a figment of the imagination. Others, such as the living presence rising from the peasant's corpse, appear to be manifestations of the supernatural.

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Whether or not the two characters in "The Willows " are experiencing natural or supernatural phenomena, it's clear that they don't quite know what they're dealing with. They've found themselves in a remote part of the world where nothing is quite what it seems. Indeed, one could argue that it is the very remoteness of this stretch of forest that plays tricks on the minds of the two canoeists, leading them to...

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