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Gcse English course work- Edger Allen Poe by Jamie Moynahan 11L1 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was first published in April 1841 in Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia in the United States of America. It was very different to the contempary writing of the time. The gruesome murder scene and vivid imagery that the writer uses to describe the condition of the murdered bodies was unusual and extreme in the 1840's. In fact Poe had difficulty in getting the story published. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" holds a crucial position in the evolution of modern writing as the first of the detective series which became popular throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The detective Auguste Dupin would be followed by many famous names in literature, such as Conan Doyle's Sherlock Homes and Christie's Hercule Poirot. The first episode to be considered is the first meeting between the Narrator and Dupin. ...read more.


He accuses Vidocq of having "erred continually" and impairing his vision be holding the object too close. The visit to the Rue Morgue shows by comparison how Dupin is able to see the bigger picture. He scrutinises the whole neighbourhood as well as the house itself. The Narrator is clearly puzzled by the intense examination as he can not see any reason for it. In this episode the narrator confirms the view of Dupin as an analytical person. The impression of Dupin is of someone who is critical of others' abilities but is totally confident in his own. He is arrogant but does not see this as a flaw in his character. There is also a feeling that Dupin is rather an odd person because he says "an enquiry will afford us amusement." This statement implies that this is how Dupin gets his pleasure, that it is his idea of fun. ...read more.


The impression of Dupin in this episode is of a person who understands human nature and how people think and react in certain situations. The way I respond to Dupin's actions is to feel sympathy for the sailor and to admire Dupin's intellect and the way he reads people but at the same time, Dupin does not seem to be a likeable character. In my opinion this story is trying to do a number of things. It is clearly a good detective story, but it also breaks new ground for literature of that time and the gruesome details are deigned to shock the reader. The story is also used to discuss the difference in people's abilities and how this can affect the outcome of a situation and Dupin is used as an example. The police may be hard working and diligent but they come to the wrong conclusion because they do not have the right skills. Dupin is able to come to the right conclusion because he has a superior intellect but this does not make him a likeable character. (1016 words) ...read more.

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