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week 3

ACE assignment

In Susan Dominus’ article, “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?” the twins Krista and Tatiana retain their own personalities and strengths, but are somehow unified. The author states, “‘In these girls, they’re linked, yet each acts as a whole. It’s like a force of nature—the brain wants to unify.’” This use of contrasting ideas shows the complicated condition that the girls are in. They are linked because if one feels pain, the other is likely to feel the pain in the same spot. However, they each act different as they both have their own individual likes and dislikes. Therefore, Dominus states, “it’s like a force of nature-the brain wants to unify” because no matter how different the girls are, they are still always connected both physically as well as emotionally.

In the article entitled, “Could Conjoined Twins Share a Mind?”, Susan Dominus states that uniqueness is not rare in the Hogan family. She explains, “In the Hogan-McKay family, the fantasy of twinship, of a loving double, runs strong.” This is significant because it shows that if Krista and Tatiana were born into a different family, their circumstances might have been different. In the Hogan family, no one ever had to pretend to be someone they are not. They do not feel the need to gain the acceptance of others, but instead, are just content with themselves. In the Hogan family, other siblings even relate to eachother as “mini-me’s” or twins, even though they are obviously not really twins. Therefore this quote shows the reader that the family retains a close bond with one another, and that each child has a special place in his/her heart for the other siblings.

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