What is the meaning of the short story "Markheim"?
Whenever we consider the "meaning" or "message" of a given story we must remember that such concepts are extremely relative, and every work of literature has a potential multiplicity of meanings that we need to be aware of. However, when we think of this masterful example of the Gothic genre, it is clear that the meaning revolves around the concept of the "double" or the "doppelgänger" that is introduced. Consider how, once he has committed the crime, Markheim comes face to face with a curious and fascinating figure, described as follows:
Perhaps there was a film upon his sight, but the outlines of the new comer seemed to change and waver like those of the idols in the wavering candle-light of the shop; and at times he thought he knew him; and at...
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