A character that serves as a double of a character. A doppelgänger will often have foil qualities as well. (Handbook to Literature)
A character that serves as a contrast to another.
Doppelgänger Writing Exercise
Choose an important character from a work you are currently revising. This character could be a protagonist or antagonist within the overall work or the main character within a single scene. Open a new document and write a scene where the character meets her/himself, the doppelgänger.
In meeting self, what does the character learn about her/himself?
You might decide to add this scene to your main work OR maybe you use this side exploration to enrich scenes already written within the main work.
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