“Good morning/afternoon class and *teacher*, today I will be speaking about how Michael Parker, the author of Doppelganger and Peter Jackson, the director of the film King Kong, accurately portray the main concept of the Beast Within through the symbolism of masks and the notions of betrayal and duplicity. I will be talking about Josh and Andrew from Doppelganger, Carl Denham and the people that he manipulated and affected through his deception, from King Kong and explain their contributions to the main idea of the Beast Within, how they wear a mask and how they portray the concepts of Duplicity and Betrayal.” Body Paragraph 1: (Doppelganger)
“In Parker’s novel, Doppelganger, a key character, Josh, shows that he has a cunning and devious side in the dystopic Sydney when he premeditatedly (purposefully) gives Andrew a Raksi that is spiked with the drug QZ45. Andrew drinks the Raksi without any knowledge of the ‘added ingredient’ and when he drinks it he realises that it tastes different to how it did previously, when he tried some with Josh in the bar. He noticed that Josh was acting in an expectant manner, as if he was waiting for something to explode on him, the simile in the text, “It had a slightly different taste – as if sand was added to it,” is used by Parker to indicate that Andrew had a suspicion that something was wrong with the Raksi. Regardless of this, he trusted Josh enough to go on to have even another shot of the “ethanol” smelling Raksi, with the foreboding sandy substance half dissolved into it. After this second shot, Andrew begins to feel something “Jolting the neurones”, and when Andrew finally finds out what Josh did, Josh very casually mentions that he “Just added something to the Raksi” and smiles. Josh wears a metaphorical mask in this situation, because he has to act as if there is nothing wrong with the Raksi, he even talks nonchalantly about how the Hallboys will be “yelling for” the QZ45, in an attempt to make it...
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