Edgar Allan Poe 's The Purloined Letter Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter:” Logic and Revenge
“The Purloined Letter” was originally published in The Gift, an annual magazine, in 1844 ("Overview: The Purloined Letter"). Even though this short story is a fiction, it has many inspirations from real life events surrounding Poe. Also, inspirations from other books are evident in this detective fiction. Poe adds mystery to fuel the detective fiction. He uses the appropriate setting for a detective fiction. He uses the themes such as logic, ratiocination, and revenge in this fiction.
Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809. He was orphaned at the age of three and a merchant named John Allan adopted him. From his adolescence onwards, his life was worsened by his quarrels with Allan. Later in his life, he suffered from depression and alcohol addiction. Despite his unhappy life, Poe was a man of enormous accomplishments. He was an influential poet, short story writer, and a critic. Also, he established the basis of the modern short story, and he is known as the father of the detective fiction (Bleiler). “The Purloined Letter” was one of the Poe’s detective stories. The protagonist named C. Auguste Dupin is similar to Poe himself. Both Poe and Dupin have aristocratic origins, expert intellects, and alienated personalities (Dameron). Dupin, like Poe, is also a critic; He judges Monsieur G aka Perfect, and his investigation style. Dupin is a detective, and his character was based on a…

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