The doppelganger, or a double of a living person, is almost, in a way, a clone of a human being. Throughout the course of the novel, The White Castle, Pamuk uses this tactic between two main characters, the slave, and Hoja his master. After boardig his first ship, the slave begins to notice that a man lurking on it appears to look very similar to himself. Could this possibly mean that the slave will use the doppelganger to his advantage?
Pamuk first introduces to the reader how the slave notices his similarities to his new master, Hoja, at the beginning of chapter two when the slave identifies “The resemblance between myself and the man who entered the room was incredible! It was me there… for that first instant this was what I thought.” (Pamuk, 22) While analyzing the back round of both character further in the book, a slave and a dominant master to one, implants an inevitable idea into ones mind for future revelation. …show more content…
Upon the end of the short story we find out hat the switching of identities, unlike expected, ultimately ends up not fully taking place although they do use it to their advantage at some points throughout. The use of this tactic between the two characters adds to the effect of the short story by keeping un interested readers engaged to read further to find out the mysteries.
Overall, the doppelganger is a tool used throughout the entire course of the writing. It is a versatile writing function that keeps each and every reader hooked and engaged throughout, but more importantly, adds to the effect of the climax. Pamuk uses this effect as a tool to make the two character get inside one another’s heads, as well as give them a basis to build a strong bond with one another. Without the use of the doppelganger, this piece would not be able to achieve its overall