Summary Of Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders In The Rue Morgin

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Edgar Allan Poe described his detective stories as “tales of ratiocination.” With this statement, he is referring to the “exact thinking” and “reasoning” that his protagonists embody. In Poe’s short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” Auguste C. Dupin is a cunning detective who does three things to logically solve the seemingly insoluble mystery. First, Dupin has the ability to emotionally detach himself from others so he can objectively face the problem in whole. Next, while Dupin learns details of the crime through the eyes of the police and witnesses, he knows he cannot completely trust their ability to accurately size up the scene and rely on their accounts to solve the mystery. Finally, Dupin makes no assumptions and rules out no possibilities; he knows anything is possible. First, when Dupin is in the state of analyzing anything, he turns into this dehumanized mastermind, taking in all stimuli and processing through several possible scenarios to reach the most reasonable conclusion. On page 242, the narrator, when talking about Dupin’s investigative moments, describes Dupin’s manner as “frigid and abstract; his eyes were vacant in expression; while his voice, usually a rich tenor, rose into a treble which would have sounded petulantly but for the deliberateness and entire distinctness of the enunciation.” Following this statement, the narrator provides a detailed example of how one night Dupin and the narrator were walking in silence for fifteen minutes when Dupin suddenly blurted out, “He is a very little fellow, that’s true, and would do better for the Théâtre des Variétés.” Amazingly, Dupin just agreed with the narrator’s unspoken thoughts. Like a machine, Dupin had been observing the narrator for the past fifteen minutes, reading every precise action and facial expression the narrator displayed. Through his cold, pervasive methods, Dupin invaded the narrator’s mind and used clues to lead him to his next train of thought. Dupin demonstrates his ability to emotionally separate himself again at the murder scene. The murder scene proves to be a disturbing sight as one victim was almost decapitated while the other was barbarically shoved up the chimney. Still, Dupin is able to step back

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