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The Man Who Was Poe

At Mrs. Whitman's urging, Dupin attends a gathering at her home, but the guests appear to him to be ghosts. The guests know Dupin's true identity, Edgar Allen Poe, and one of them, Mr. Arnold,...

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It can be said that the central theme in Avi's The Man Who Was Poe concerns our abilities and inabilities to cope with our fears. Throughout the story, there are times when both the central...

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I was moved by one of the earliest scenes in the novel. A young boy has lost his sister--after losing his father, his mother, and his aunt--and he is devastated. A man who is clearly not as strong...

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At the beginning of the story in Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, Edmund trusted more in adults' abilities to help him, a mere child, than he trusted in his own abilities. Though, at the start, he wasn't...

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Reunited with Dupin, Edmund tries to get the irrascible gentleman to tell him what he has discovered about Sis, but Dupin wants only to talk about Mrs. Whitman. Edmund relays a message to Dupin...

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The falling action occurs after the climax. The climax of this novel occurs in Chapter 21 when Edmund, Poe, and Throck chase Rachett, Peterson, and Sis, Edmund's sister, in a boat. Sis gets away...

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Edmund, who is standing in front of the Hotel American House, sees Catherine come out with a man he recognizes as Mr. Rachett, his stepfather. The two go into Mrs. Whitman's house, and Edmund...

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Lucy Holmes Balderston, daughter of Dr. Oliver Holmes, was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1809. She lived there until her death in 1881. Lucy possessed a volume—her personal ledger or "autograph...

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The book is divided into three sections. Chapters 1-10 provide the exposition, giving us all the background information we need to understand the action of the story. Chapters 11-20 are the rising...

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Important events in a novel serve to introduce and develop the plot.In Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, after Edmund's sister, called Sis, goes missing, which is the central conflict of the story, one of...

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In Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, Edgar Allan Poe goes by two identities—his own and the identity of a character from a series of his short stories named Auguste Dupin. In creating Mr. Dupin, author...

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In Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, the fact that Mr. Peterson has read Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Gold-Bug" shows us that Mr. Peterson is well-acquainted with who the author is and his...

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Mr. Auguste Dupin is a fictional character created by Edgar Allan Poe for his famous short story "The Murders of the Rue Morgue." Dupin is generally recognized as the first modern detective in the...

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Avi's The Man Who Was Poeis a tale of two mysteries. The first revolves around a mysterious man who comes to town. He is suffering from depression and even some delusion after the death of his...

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Edmund becomes more and more assertive throughout the book. In the beginning of the book, he is very timid and compliant. Edmund and his sister have been left in their room by their Aunty, who has...

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Some of the clues are: the aunt and mother are twins, Rachett is Edmund's stepfather, the stolen painting, finding the buttons in the cemetery and the vault, the opening in the vault being too...

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The climax of the story happens when Edmund discovers the location of his sister aboard the Sunrise. His decision to rescue his sister himself, in defiance of Poe, begins the highest part of the...

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In chapter 4, Edgar Allan Poe, going by the name of Mr. Dupin, finds a note has been slipped into Edmund's tenement flat. The note is intended for Mr. Dupin and reads "MEDDLE AT YOUR PERIL!" (p....

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Edgar Allan Poe is obsessed by the subject of death, and there are a number of good quotes on the subject in the book. As page numbers vary from edition to edition of any given book, it might be...

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In chapter 7 of Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, it is while Edmund sits by the fire in Mrs. Whitman's kitchen, eating bread and jam, that Edmund prayerfully and emphatically says to himself, "Sis is...

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In chapter 8 of Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, calling himself Mr. Dupin, doesn't necessarily meet anyone inside of the bank vault when he goes to investigate it, but he does meet...

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Like Poe himself, the author sets the mood of the story with a locked room mystery tone or mood. Sis is somehow taken out of the locked room while Edmund is out buying food. Immediately, the...

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In chapter 8 of Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, we learn a white button and piece of string were left behind in the bank vault after the bank robbery. In this chapter, Edgar Allan Poe visits Providence...

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One of the main themes is the blurry line between what is real and what is fiction. For example, the main character here, Dupris, is really Poe. And of course, the author, Avi, is pretending to...

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To write a summary, we pick out and explain the most important details of a work. To summarize a work of fiction, we want to focus on describing the most important details of the plot, which...

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There are myriad vocabulary words in “The Man Who Was Poe," but these I like because they communicate new ideas about familiar words or new words for familiar words. Baleful means in a threatening...

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In the young reader's novel The Man Who Was Poe, author Avi weaves a fictional tale about the historical author Edgar Allen Poe. In the tale, Poe helps a young boy named Edmund solve the mysteries...

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In Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, Mr. Dupin, who is actually Edgar Allan Poe, represents the lesson of how to cope with one's fears.Throughout the story, Avi portrays Poe as a very fearful man. He is...

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Avi, the author, uses darkness and dark colors to symbolize danger and evil. "A raw wind whipped the street lamps and made the gas flames hiss and flicker like snake tongues."...

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Upon being introduced, the very confused Mr. Dupin (Edgar Allan Poe) begins to create his own opinions of the people around him. Among a big group of very solid admirers, the last to be introduced...

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In chapter 5 of Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, calling himself Mr. Dupin, sends Edmund out on a most interesting errand. Mr. Dupin sends Edmund to the nearest clothier to "determine...

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Although she actually appears only very briefly in the book, Edmund's "Sis" is a formidable character. In the prologue, it is she who urges Edmund to take action and fetch them some food when their...

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In his section titled "Something About Edgar Allan Poe," author Avi says the following about Poe's death: [I]n 1849, Poe died in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances (200). It was a year...

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To draw a timeline based on events in Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, you first need to identify the setting of the story, in terms of dates and hours, as best you can. We can deduce that the story is...

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In chapter 13, Mr. Arnold says the lines in question. Edgar Allan Poe is introduced to Mr. Arnold at Mrs. Whitman's home during a tea party given by Mrs. Whitman's mother, Mrs. Powers. Mr. Arnold...

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One thing that occurred to me as I was reading this was "Exactly how much of this story is true?" Others were: Was the information about Poe in this book historical, or was it fiction? Did people...

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The Man Who Was Poe, by Avi, is a mystery story in which one of the characters (not surprisingly, given the name of the story) is Poe himself, though he calls himself Mr. Dupin. In this story,...

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One potential implication from the quote could be that all deception roots from some aspect of the real. Lies are not constructed out of a vacuum. There is some condition in realistic...

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One of the themes in this work is that of the locked room. The theme is nothing new to detective fiction, poetry, or fairy tales, (ie, Sleeping Beauty, The Rape of the Lock). Here, Avi also...

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In chapter 5 of Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, calling himself Auguste Dupin, has Edmund take them to a café. Prior to going to the café, Dupin and Edmund had just been in the rented...

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Edmund is a shy and mindful young man in the beginning. His dialogue with his sister is all about what they should and should not do, according to Auntie. Edmund also is painted to be very...

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In his real life, Edgar Allan Poe had many devastating experiences with death that tormented him the rest of his rather short life. He was so tormented by the deaths of his family members that, in...

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I found it particularly annoying to know that the man's name is Poe from fairly early on, yet he continues the charade for an apparent lark--or great vanity. Probably both.

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Dupin (Poe) reminds me of a depressed and drinking Sherlock Holmes. Despite his drinking and his brusque demeanor, Poe does have the ability to notice details and connect the dots, so to speak. It...

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The last chapter in the book The Man Who Was Poe is important because it proves definitively the extent to which the man is detached from reality. Although there have been a number of indications...

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Are you asking for vocabulary words or questions you can write about the novel. If you're asking for vocabulary words, the following will be helpful: abutted, baleful, balustrade, berate, brawl,...

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Edmund has a quick rational mind, and he makes educated decisions. This is a help to them because when he and his sister are left alone without food for days, he at first resists breaking his...

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At the start of Avi's The Man Who Was Poe, Edgar Allan Poe, calling himself Mr. Dupin, thinks that Edmund is impertinent, meaning one who is intrusive and rude. One scene in which Mr. Dupin...

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The Man Who Was Poe is set in Providence, Rhode Island in the 1840s. For more on this, and analysis of it and related areas, you might see what the enote on this title has to say. Greg

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While there is no mention of purple buttons in the book, pearl or white buttons play an important part throughout. At the end of chapter four, Dupin works out that if Edmund locked the door, his...

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