To me, Willa is a kindred spirit to the child in The Emperor's New Clothes.
Willa could see through false images to face death and reveal its true nature to the rest of the group.
The child in The Emperor's New Clothes, too innocent to be afraid of society's conventional wisdom, told the crowd the truth.
Though Willa had limited success in convincing those surrounding her, she could see through illusion. But why? The story made me curious about her life. Somehow, while living, her soul found the skill to discern the truth or maybe she was just born with the talent.