The Fisherman and His Soul

by

Oscar Wilde

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The Witch Character Analysis

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 it seems that the Witch will deceive the Fisherman, as she tries to trick him into partaking in a ritual involving the devil. Although she is reluctant to do so, it is ultimately the Witch who tells the Fisherman how to get rid of his soul.
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The Witch Character Timeline in The Fisherman and His Soul

The timeline below shows where the character The Witch appears in The Fisherman and His Soul. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Fisherman and His Soul
Christianity, Morality, and the Soul Theme Icon
...wanders to the shore and wonders what he should do. Remembering there is a young Witch who dwells in a nearby cave, the Fisherman quickly makes his way toward her. The... (full context)
Temptation, Corruption, and Evil Theme Icon
Christianity, Morality, and the Soul Theme Icon
...climbs the mountain, and witches come flying through the air at midnight. When the young Witch arrives, she leads the Fisherman into the moonlight where they begin to dance. A man... (full context)
Temptation, Corruption, and Evil Theme Icon
Transformation and the Doppelganger Theme Icon
...tries once more to separate himself from his soul before learning that the spell the Witch gave him no longer works. (full context)