The term is derived from the German language and literally translates into ‘double walker’. It refers to a character in the story that is actually a counterfeit or a copy of a genuine character. Doppelgangers of the main characters usually bear the ability to impersonate the original but have vastly different spirits and intentions. The doppelganger usually has a different appearance but an earthly soul and supernatural hoodwinking abilities that allow it to fool other unsuspecting characters.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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  1. Possible example
    Lily Briscoe and Mrs. Ramsay in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse may be doppelgangers. Both are depicted as possible partners for Mr. Ramsay. In addition, both are called on to sympathize with him. Lily, in some ways, takes over for Mrs. Ramsay after her death.

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