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The Purloined Letter

Poe can actually set the standard of success for detective stories, considering that he wrote the prototype to all literature works of this genre, in the first place. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 5:36 pm UTC

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In the opening of the story, the narrator and Dupin the detective sit in silence for an hour; during this time, the narrator has been "mentally discussing certain topics which had formed matter for...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 12:13 am UTC

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The narrator in the story is quite truthful and reliable as a narrator. In fact, he is also good at eliciting information from the Prefect to get the full picture of what has occurred before the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 3:53 pm UTC

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The Purloined Letter

Edgar Allan Poe introduced the character Auguste Dupin in his earlier detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." In that story the narrator describes Dupin at great length and gives examples...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2012 3:17 pm UTC

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The real question should not be "Why does Dupin replace the real letter with a facsimile?" but "Why does Edgar Allan Poe have his character Dupin replace the real letter with a facsimile?" Dupin...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012 9:47 pm UTC

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Any story must be dramatic in order to be interesting. The drama in a short story is almost always based on a single major conflict (although there might be minor conflicts that are incidental or...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2012 4:55 pm UTC

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Like Dupin, Minister D, who steals the Queen's compromising letter, is a daring and "ingenious" person who is able to put himself in other people's shoes, figure out how they think, and therefore...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 11:36 am UTC

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Although the word "ratiocination" does not appear in "The Purloined Letter," Poe used it in other places to describe the mixture of rational, scientific inquiry and understanding of...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021 9:30 pm UTC

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You have asked a question about one of the earliest detective stories, upon which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based his famous detective Sherlock Holmes. One of the key ingredients in this genre is the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010 10:56 am UTC

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It is clear that Poe is none to complimentary regarding Monsieur G. of the French Police. From the start there are somewhat dismissive remarks made about his limitations. For example, consider how...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 10:37 pm UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe's 1844 story "The Purloined Letter" is one of three of his tales to feature the detective C. Auguste Dupin. While Poe is best-known for stories that belong to the horror genre, this...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 3:09 am UTC

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In "The Purloined Letter," Dupin is strongly asserting that to find the letter, the detective must think both like a poet and a mathematician. Dupin believes there is no other way to find the...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2020 11:13 am UTC

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The Purloined Letter

I can give you a general idea of what the plot diagram would look like. If you need more specific details, use the story to fill them in. eNotes also provides a thorough summary of the story. The...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2010 8:07 am UTC

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In Poe's classic detective story "The Purloined Letter," an unnamed narrator is used mainly as a plot device to move the story along and to serve as a foil for Dupin and as proxy (stand in) for the...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010 2:27 am UTC

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As we're not told explicitly why everyone is uninterested in (or at least not mentioning) the contents of the letter, we need to use context clues to try to understand what is going on. These clues...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 11:25 pm UTC

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The Purloined Letter

The short story "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe features C. Auguste Dupin, who also appears in other mystery stories by Poe. Although he is not a professional detective, he enjoys using...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020 2:33 am UTC

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The Purloined Letter

As its name suggests, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” tells the story of a letter—one that has been stolen from the royal apartments. Although the police know that it was stolen by...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 5:09 am UTC

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The main resolution of the story is Dupin's realization that the letter is "hiding in plain sight" in D.'s rooms and the trick he plays on D. to take the letter and replace it with a facsimile....

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 2:49 pm UTC

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The key effect in Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” is ratiocination, or reasoning. In fact, on July 2, 1844, Poe wrote to the poet James Russell Lowell and said that “The Purloined Letter” was...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018 4:16 pm UTC

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"The Purloined Letter" is one of three detective stories by Edgar Allen Poe, written after "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," considered the first modern detective story, and "The Mystery Of Marie...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 3:55 pm UTC

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"The Purloined Letter" is the last of three stories written about the detective character Dupin. To determine the possible inspiration for this story, we must go back to the first of the three...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 4:26 pm UTC

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Auguste Dupin is the detective and main character in this mystery story. He born to wealth but, at this point, has lost his money. Dupin has a genius for solving mysteries. This is based on his...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 11:17 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe was an early and influential contributor to the genre known as the American Gothic. It is precisely due to those conventions common to the genre which lead to your question...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 5:41 pm UTC

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By plot map, I assume you mean a plot sequence chart. I’m not sure that e-notes yet has the capabilities of using graphics in questions. Your chart, however, should have: exposition which are...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2010 10:51 pm UTC

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Poe's main reason for having the Prefect leave before Dupin explains how he recovered the missing letter must have been to emphasize that the problem and the solution are Dupin's and that he is the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 11:11 pm UTC

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"The Purloined Letter" is not as intriguing as Poe's other detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." The problem with the story about the stolen letter is that it requires a great deal of...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2012 10:31 pm UTC

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Dupin is not telling Prefect G- that the answer to a problem is always obvious. What he is saying is that people often make problems more complicated than they actually are. The truth is often very...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 10:39 pm UTC

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If you’ve read Poe’s famous short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” you might be familiar with Dupin. He’s the detective who figures out who killed a mom and her daughter. In the “The Mystery...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2020 3:25 pm UTC

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Considering that it was Poe's objective to "entertain" his reader, but most importantly, to work toward a preconceived "effect," and then use words and symbols and language to help the reader reach...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 4:45 pm UTC

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On the surface, the detective C. Auguste Dupin seems very different from Edgar Allan Poe. Dupin is French and lives in Paris; Poe was American and lived in Richmond and Baltimore. A side-by-side...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018 2:41 am UTC

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Edgar Allen Poe's "The Purloined Letter" uses a first person narrator who, by definition, participates in the story and only knows his own motives, thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and emotions:...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 10:09 am UTC

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In Edgar Allan Poe's story “The Purloined Letter,” a certain “illustrious personage” is in a particularly annoying and potentially disastrous predicament. This lady, apparently a member of the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2021 12:22 am UTC

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