A Research on the Work of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe Research Paper

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. He is considered a part of the American Romanticism period. He is best known for his works of mystery and psychological terror. Poe is recognized for his gothic tales of mystery, death, terror, puzzles, and psychological problems (poets.org). He has influenced many writers including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series. Poe was different than other authors in that he was influenced by his own current life. He had endured many deaths and dark periods. His mother died of tuberculosis and so did his foster mother later on. His wife, Virginia Clemm, also died from this terrible disease. This especially was evident in his works. She
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He is a detective who works independently. Madame L'Espanaye and her daughter are murdered. Dupin hears about this and offers his services to the prefect of police. He then concludes that the suspect is not human. Dupin finds a rather unusual piece of evidence: a hair of an orangutan. It is revealed that the orangutan did commit the crime.

In “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, the terror is obvious. The killing of the Madame and her daughter. The body was shoved up the chimney, head first. Although this is a detective story, Poe incorporates the detailed murder to demonstrate the difference. There is an impulse toward rationality which distinguishes the horror from the detective form (Pollin 1977).

This short story presents perfectly the use of puzzles to compare and contrast in real situations. In the beginning of the story, the narrator explains the use of intellect through chess. There are two types of untangling a problem, first through a chess players eyes. Looking at a board and the pieces and deciding the next move. Second, through the rules of Hoyle. They have to memorize the rules like a chess player but also deduce what the opponent is doing. So, with puzzles, Poe incorporates deductive logic in Dupin. Dupin’s intellect seems to be based on more than rational analytical genius. He is able to analyze other people and consequently able to see problems where others cannot (Dalhousie 2012).

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