Crimes and Movies : Short Stories

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Stephanie Dojaquez
Writing Assignment #2
AMS 494
Professor Hattenhauer
March 20th, 2013

Story #1: “Murders in the Rue Morgue”, Edgar Allan Poe
In this story, the initial situation of the plot is starts when the narrator who remains unknown and Dupin learn about Madame and Mademoiselle‘s death by reading the newspaper. The conflict then starts when the police arrest a bank clerk whom they suspect of committing the Rue Morgue killings. And that is when Dupin takes it personal and decides that he wants to help to solve the case; the narrator has no clue of what might had happened to these two women or why they were killed, but decides to go along with the investigation. The story reaches its climax when Dupin tells the narrator that a sailor from a Maltese ship will be visiting him at his apartment to reveal some crucial evidence that links the killer of these women. Even though Dupin has already solved the case, he still needs the proof for it. When the sailor arrives to the apartment, he explains that he saw the murders and that it had been his ape that did it, but he had been reluctant to say anything for fear of getting blamed for them. Dupin talks to the police chief and gets the bank clerk released. The sailor sells his ape, and Dupin feels satisfied for resolving the case.

Story #2: “Silver Blaze”, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In the story Silver Blaze, the way that I interpreted the theme was that we as human beings are never able to fully know a person. We might trust them 100% but that does not mean that they will not betray us. Often, people care only about themselves and their interests, and they may play the part acting loyal to us, but when we most trust them, they will prove us wrong. In the story Colonel Ross completely trusted his servant John Straker because he had served him for a few years and had remained loyal to him. He never thought John would do such a horrible thing as trying to hurt his horse (Silver Blaze) when he was at the peak...
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