Edgar Allen Poe Compare and Contrast
"The Purloined Letter" and "The Murders of the Rue Morgue" have a lot of similarities and differences. Edgar Allen Poe, the author, wrote weird horror stories but good detective stories. "The Purloined Letter" is how Minister D stole an important letter from the royal family and was blackmailing them. The lady hired Chief G to get it back. Chief G went and told Auguste C. Dupin, who investigated and found the letter. "The Murders of the Rue Morgue" is about a woman and her daughter who got murdered. Dupin also solved this mystery and figured out that it was an orangutan.
There are quite a few plot elements in "The Murders of the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." In both stories, the settings are the same; Paris. In the "The Murders of the Rue Morgue," the conflict is that Dupin needs to find out who murdered the lady and her daughter. The climax is when Dupin is telling the narrator how he figured it out and suddenly the man, who Dupin was talking about, comes for his orangutan and after that, the mystery is solved. In "The Purloined Letter," the conflict is that Chief G and Dupin need to find the purloined letter. The climax is when Dupin tells G to write him a check of 50,000 francs and hands him the letter. These are some of the plot elements that are similar and different.
In "The Purloined Letter" and "The Murders of the Rue Morgue" there are several literary elements. In "The Murders of the Rue Morgue," there is foreshadowing, which is clues to what will happen later in the story. The example is the title, which tells one that there will be a murder. In "The Purloined Letter," the foreshadowing is when Dupin says to G, "maybe the mystery is a little too simple, a little too self-evident." It suggests that Dupin will solve the mystery. In this story the simile is, "I made the outside of my letter look torn and dirty, just like the original". In "The Murders of the Rue Morgue" the simile is, "Four of us...
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