Dupin and Spade

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Detective Fiction

Compare & Contrast

Every detective has their own style in which they solve the cases that are handed to them. Edgar Allen Poe's detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, and Dashiell Hammett's detective character Sam Spade both use very different techniques and strategies to solve their cases. While they are different in many ways these two characters also share some similarities.

Dupin and Spade are alike because they both are extremely good detectives. They both keep their composure throughout every investigation and are able to provide objective information about the case and solve it in a short time. These two detectives solve the cases that are mind blowing to other detectives or regular citizens. These men commit one hundred percent of their time and effort to solve these crimes and will not rest until they have found the culprit. Also Spade and Dupin both do not mind breaking some rules in order to find the person at fault. They both use tactics that police would never think of using, and that is what makes them the best.

In order for Dupin to solve cases he uses logical thinking and reasoning to pin point the main suspect. Dupin acts as an detached perceiver to the case and uses his brilliance to solve the murders. He puts himself in the head of the criminal. He is able to think like a criminal which enables him to solve the case promptly with more accuracy. Dupin's character also emphasizes the importance of reading and writing. Many of his clues come from newspapers or written reports this shows that he uses his intelligence to pick up on small detail and solve a case. The private eye Sam Spade works off of instinct rather than reasoning to solve his cases. He uses his physical abilities and street smarts to solve the cases rather than relying on intellect and reasoning. Spade is very wild and unpredictable but that is what makes him a great detective. He does not play by the rules and is very cynical, these attributes help...
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