by Adam Huddleston
The literary term we are discussing this week is: doppelganger. It is derived from a German word which literally means “double walker”. A doppelganger refers to an almost exact replica of a character. This copy may look and act identically to their twin, but they often have very different motives. For example: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Although both characters resided in the same individual, they were polar opposites of one another. The use of doppelgangers can definitely add suspense and tension in a work of fiction.