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Why did Poe make Roderick and Madeline twins, not just a brother and sister?

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anfaladawi | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 7, 2010 at 3:00 AM via web

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Why did Poe make Roderick and Madeline twins, not just a brother and sister?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 7, 2010 at 3:09 AM (Answer #1)

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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.

 

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