Duality Exists in Many Literature Books

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“One thing you learn when you’ve lived as long as I have - people aren’t all good, and people aren’t all bad. We move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives.” This quote, spoken by Neal Shusterman, is exemplified so much throughout daily life. Whether the difference between the dark and light be good and evil or simply private and public, it’s inevitable to have two sides as a human being. Also, in the works of fiction Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and The Book Thief written by Marcus Zusak, many characters follow this theory that as human beings, there are two sides that exist in a person. Many people would like to contradict this theory however, saying that people are…show more content…
Stevenson states that no matter how hard someone tries, they can never get rid of their duality. It is part of them and will be for forever. Many texts support this. For instance, George in Of Mice and Men has the sides of loving and hating Lenny and he wants to get rid of the hatred, but eventually, he falls into it deeper than he could ever imagine. At the very end of the book, “. . . George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger,” (Steinbeck 52). George doesn’t want to shoot and kill Lenny because he knows it is so wrong, but his hatred for slowing him down and being annoying grows and grows and finally, he just submits to it. There is no going back. Like Stevenson says, George can’t just push his desires that come from his hatred away. They are a part of him and he can’t deny them. Even more compelling is the narrator’s explanation of these desires in The Book Thief. When speaking of the character Rudy’s ability to go from being such a nice boy to stealing bread from delivery boys the narrator mysteriously claims, “. . . he would be a giver of bread, not a stealer - proof again of the contradictory human being. So much good, so much evil. Just add water,” (Zusak 164). Rudy has this ability to sucumb to his filthy ways and steal from others without a care in the world. His sides are stealth versus

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