Special Relationship Between Twins

Nadia Esmail

Different Types of Twins

Identical twins: two offspring that have the same genetic material, have the same genotype, are the same sex, and usually resemble each other closely.

Fraternal twins: one of a pair of twins, not necessarily resembling each other, or of the same sex, that have different genetic material.

Identical Twins....

Identical twins have almost identical brain wave patterns. They also can share very similar physical characteristics. Mirror twins are identical twins with mirror characteristics.

Some psychoanalysts believe that, because of the shared course of their lives, one twin sees the other as an extension of herself. Consciously or not, most twins have somewhat of a communal identity—one can’t imagine existing without the other because that’s all she has ever known.

Opposite sex twins...

Identical Twins will almost always be of the same sex. There have been 3 - 5 documented cases of opposite sex identical twins.

Even though the twins may be opposite sexes, they still feel the connection that identical twins do. They don't like being apart, they feel the same pain, they are competitive etc.

Fraternal Twins

Fraternal twins can share many similarities in appearance just like any brother or sister of the same family but they don't always share the same personality. The way they act and think is a lot different than identical twins.

Connection to God of Small Things

Estha and Rahel were so physically intertwined with each other. Nothing could separate them. They were united through family traumas and were mutually supportive. When they were separated, they made no effort to contact one another because it was impossible to write a letter to a part of yourself. They didn't need to communicate or anything because they were pretty much the same person.