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Why did Poe make Roderick and Madeline twins, not just a brother and sister?
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I believe that Poe had the two siblings be twins, rather than just brother and sister, because he wanted to emphasize just how close they were. People often say that twins are closer than regular siblings because they are the same age and have grown up together from the moment they were conceived.
The siblings' closeness is relevant because of how closely their fates are connected. They both are seemingly quite ill and eventually, they die at the same moment -- their fates are intertwined. By writing them as twins, Poe makes it more sensible for them to have such a bond that they would share a tragic fate.
Posted by pohnpei397 on February 7, 2010 at 3:09 AM (Answer #1)
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