Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe's Murders At The Rue Morgue

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Murder in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809, and lived through October 7, 1849. ( Biography.com 1) During his literary career, he wrote a number of poems, short stories, and novels. One of his writings, the Murders at the Rue Morgue is known as the first modern detective story. This can relate to real-life situations in many ways. Dupin is a man in Paris who solves the murder of two women. Many people who have read this book could compare Dupin to Sherlock Holmes because they share some of the same characteristics. Poe sustains a reader's attention through characterizing Dupin as being smarter than the readers, through the setting of the destroyed room, and withholding information from the readers Edgar Allan …show more content…
After the murder he talks to the narrator about truth and refers to truth as a woman:” I do believe that she is invariably superficial. The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found. The modes and sources of this kind of error are well typified in the contemplation of the heavenly bodies” (Poe, 13). Speaking of truth in metaphors is not something that average people would do. His metaphors show that he is smarter than the readers. Words like “invariably,” “superficial,” “modes,” “typified,” and “contemplation” show that he has a stronger vocabulary than the readers. Dupin's intelligence makes the reader want to know more because we think he will solve the crime. This builds suspense and engages the …show more content…
The room where the victims were murdered was in “wildest disorder” (Poe, 8). There was a broken bed thrown in the middle of the room, a razor with blood in a chair, “two or three long and thick tresses of grey human hair” (8), an open safe, and all the drawers were opened. Since the bed was broken and thrown in the middle of the room, the murderer was stronger than most people. The reader would want to find out who could cause this damage and want to know why since the murderer left all the money in the room. The stylistic device that the author used in this case in suspense. This is where the author leaves the audience with the desire of knowing what else happened. This is the way that Poe did to his author in this case. This is also a way of making the audience to continue reading the story so as to get to know what happened later. The author normally uses this stylistic device so as to capture and maintain the attention of the

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