June 7, 2005 12:39 PM Subscribe
Any recommendations for books, movies or other where the main character is split – either along Freudian lines (Ego/Superego/Id) or just the simple Good Guy/Bad Guy divide (whether clearly stated or not)? [May contain mild spoilers on any number of things inside]
posted by Gucky to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Inspired by the Calvin & Hobbes Fight Club analogy
and a passage in Wonderboys
(the book, not the movie) that talks about writers having to divide themselves, I've been looking for more examples of this division, particularly when the "bad" character is acting as the agent of repressed wish fulfillment of the "good" character.
It's a common device:
Cat & Girl
, Calvin & Hobbes
, FIGHT CLUB
, WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY
, The Dark Half RAISING CAIN
, SECRET WINDOW
, the Good Ash/Bad Ash scenes in ARMY OF DARKNESS
, Samantha and Serena on "Bewitched"
, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
, you could even argue SIDEWAYS
Can you think of any others?