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The Besieged EgoDoppelgangers and Split Identity Onscreen$
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Caroline Ruddell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692026

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692026.001.0001

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The Monster Within

The Monster Within

(p.55) Chapter 3 The Monster Within
The Besieged Ego

Caroline Ruddell

Edinburgh University Press

A particularly prominent trope in moving image examples where the double is apparent is a split between good and evil; viewers are encouraged to identify and sympathise with one part of the dualistic identity, the other is demonised and made villain, which also provides the cause and effect basis for the narrative in these examples. This chapter will focus on dualistic identities in film and television where the double is split between good and evil and can be read as the monster within, or the return of the repressed. Due to the nature of this Manichean divide, many of the examples in this chapter draw on horror, fantasy and/or Gothic genre conventions.

Keywords:   horror, fantasy, Gothic, Manicheanism, return of the repressed

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