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Summary Of Edgar Allen Poe's Man Of The Crowd

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Edgar Allen Poe is widely known for his complex thematic short stories and their hidden commentary of the uncanny. Two of his detective-based stories, “Man of the Crowd” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” feature similar facets that allude to a common theme of enlightenment versus the Romantic ideas (the era of which Poe was an author). “Man of the Crowd” is a short story about one individual’s sick fascination with a man whose demeanor he just can’t scrutinize. The narrator is an intellectual man who finds content and pompousness in being able to easily see through people of society and their ingenuine façades. He casually categorizes as he people watches and surveys the mannerisms of strangers, as well as concurs why they behave as such. However, one man is unsettlingly difficult to categorize; it’s as if he is a walking paradox, the narrator becomes frustrated and intrigued enough to follow this man around town, while trying to decode his tenor. “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” on the other hand, is about an actual detective who responds to a crime scene which is puzzling all the witnesses and responding officers. The witnesses each share their stories, most of which are similar, except for one small detail and that is the description of a muffled voice that was heard just before the bodies were found. The detective, referred to as Dupin, is the only person who can think enough outside of the box to solve the mystery. In each of the short stories, a few common themes are
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