Looking Inward

Looking Inward

Violin strings engage two doubles in a fateful dance. Red, poised for revenge; Adelaide, desperate for survival. Neither can live alongside the other. The notes clash – a battle, a warning, an ache – and the strings tremble, dauntless. After years of mockery, this will be the end.

Desperation aims, armed and feral.

Red, defeated, slips beneath Adelaide’s melody.

The double has been defeated.

Brilliantly composed, Pas de deux, captures the plight of doppelgangers within Jordan Peele’s 2019 hit thriller, Us.

What is the difference between a clone and a human other than the form of creation? Upbringing. Purpose. 

The main difference between Adelaide and Red is the location at which their lives were spent. Red’s conditions were harsh and cruel, so she developed in a way that reflected that. Her movements were jerky and disquieting, and she acted with an inclination for violence. Adelaide’s life, on the other hand, was much easier. She had the freedom to move as she pleased. No restrictions.  Red’s purpose revolved around the concept of escape, whereas Adelaide, aside from desiring to protect her children, had no discernable life purpose. 

In the end, what really mattered was the conditions of their upbringing. Regardless of which version of Adelaide was where, that version would/will always reflect the conditions surrounding life development, which is the case for pretty much anyone. Who we turn out to be sometimes relies heavily on where/how we grew up.

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