se appears in the story three times and changes the mood in the story
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We really have to question if Madeline actually exists. Madeline can be seen as kind of like a doppelganger of Roderick. You know, kind of like Norman Bates and his mother in the movie Psycho. Perhaps Madeline's return from the dead is only a metaphor of Roderick's fears. In any case, Madeline serves as a plot device to give a manifestation to Roderick's fears and anxieties.