The Dollepganger In Lord Of The Flies And A Separate Peace

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One may wonder what possesses people to commit the most heinous and disgusting crimes imaginable. Man does not exist as simply evil, just as good does not exist without evil. The doppelganger, also known as the alter- ego, controls the evil in a personality. Sometimes another figure in one's life can represent the doppelganger which influences the good to do horrible, savage acts. To begin, a doppelganger can be thought of as an evil twin or evil side. Ralph and Jack are two major character in Lord of the Flies; likewise, Gene and Finny are main characters of A Separate Peace. Both sets of main characters are friends at some point; however, Jack and Gene are both the doppelganger to their friend within these two novels. The authors use their relationships to show differences in each other and how they influence one another- the bad more than the good. The doppelganger can exist within all people. Not only does the alter ego exist within all personalities, but it lives to destroy good and creates problems within man. By envying others, attempting to eliminate, and influencing the good side, the doppelganger longs for authority and ultimate control in one’s existence.
One example of the doppelganger’s characteristics is envy. For instance, in Lord of the Flies, Jack tries to overpower Ralph and his authority over the children. Jack stated '" I ought to be chief, " with simple arrogance..."(Golding, pg.22) Jack uses fear to force the littluns and some biguns to join his tribe of savages. Also, it is evident in A Separate Peace that Gene envies Finny’s athletic skills and tendency to get away with everything. The author explains that "The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all. " (Knowles, pg.54) Gene believes Finny effortlessly excels at sports and often carries out risky behaviour without any real consequences. Evil longs for the authority of the good and will obtain the power by any means. However, the good realizes that once the evil vanishes, the individual “arrives at...real peace...he reaches this atmosphere only after separating himself..and finding his own identity.” (Alton, “Overview Of A Separate Peace”). The doppelganger feels jealous of the good and its benefits toward the individual. One’s alter-ego believes that they deserve power and authority, even more than the good.
As a result of the envious attitude , the doppelganger feels threatened by the good side and attempts to drive it out. One example proven by Gordon E. Sleuthgang is that “Finny is his rival double that must be destroyed." Gene is fed up with Finny’s advantage over him to the point where he causes Finny to have a serious accident. He caused Finny to lose his balance and fall off a tree, ruining his chances of playing sports. In addition, Jack...

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