The Fisherman and His Soul

by

Oscar Wilde

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The Fisherman and His Soul Characters

The Fisherman

The protagonist of the story, the titular Fisherman accidentally catches the Mermaid in his net while fishing one evening. He is reluctant to let her go, only doing so on the condition that she return… read analysis of The Fisherman

The Soul

After the Witch has told The Fisherman how to send away his soul so that he can be with the Mermaid, the Soul becomes a character in his own right. When the Soul first… read analysis of The Soul

The Mermaid

The unnamed Mermaid is the object of the Fishermans affections, and though she is absent for most of the story she is integral to its development. When the Fisherman asks the Mermaid to… read analysis of The Mermaid

The Priest

For the majority of the story the Priest is an aggressive and stern character, whose devotion to God prevents him from appreciating love in all its forms and from embracing all of God’s creatures on… read analysis of The Priest

The Witch

Once the Fisherman realizes the Priest will not help him send away his Soul so that he can be with the Mermaid, he goes to the Witch and asks for her help. At first… read analysis of The Witch
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