The Murders At The Rue Morgue Essay

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Ever since the emergence of Edgar Allen Poe’s “C. Auguste Dupin” in The Murders at the Rue Morgue, the characterization of the fictional detective has remained constant. Detectives like Sherlock Holmes can be classified as arrogant, educated, European, males who use their wit to solve crimes and often do not align themselves with the authorities. Even in modern times, detective fiction is still dominated by males. With an abundance of detectives like Batman, Monk and Columbo, female detectives aren’t represented as often. In her book, In her book The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side Agatha Christie provides an alternative, Jane Marple. Unlike many detectives, Marple is an elderly spinster lady who uses her connections with other people in addition to her wit, to solve crimes. She uses her observation skills in order to look for social anomalies within a case rather than relying solely on tangible evidence. While Jane Marple is not the first fictional female detective, her wit and dedication to helping others, makes her a most poignant adversary to the likes of Hercule Poirot. And while Agatha Christie may not have been a feminist herself, Miss Marple embodies many characteristics of a feminist icon, giving female detectives a more positive and powerful representation. A feminist icon can be defined as a female lead who is independent, multidimensional and yet has flaws like any other character. A feminist icon also does not have to be a feminist herself nor does the…

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