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Donostia Book Club

My name is Slawka Grabowska. I organize Donostia Book Club. We meet every month to discuss previously chosen books or short stories. Check out our FB page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donostia-Book-Club/105225566276875?ref=hl

Better Late Then Never: 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', Our Thoughts

The Murders in The Rue Morgue - Edgar Allan Poe

Better late than never: The Murders in the Rue Morgue 
We've   discussed this one almost one month ago but it's only now that I finally have time to post our conclusions... Hope I didn't skip anything really important! Here it goes:

- with this title Poe introduces a new genre of short fiction to American literature: the detective story

- Poe made a literary text into a puzzle

- main character: C. AUGUSTE DUPIN, appears in 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' (1841), 'The Mystery of Marie Roget' (1842), 'The Purloined Letter' (1843); an eccentric genius of extraordinary analytical and deductive skills who rarely leaves his shaded room by day, preferring to walk the night streets; never physically described, perhaps to emphasize his intellect; poor but of good family, an avid reader, scholarly, romantic and arrogant

- peripheral narrator (1st person): an unnamed narrator begins with a discussion of the analytic mind; he describes the analyst as driven paradoxically by both intuition and the moral inclination

- Poe chooses not to use Dupin as a narrator in order to provide a sense of detachment from the working of the mind that the story describes; the narrator's role as a foil enhances Dupin as the detective hero

- Dupin  thinks one step ahead of both the police and the reader

- Poe created Dupin before the word 'detective' existed

- the layout of 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' is unconventional: it's more like a mathematical proof than anything else; there is an equation to start out with, where analytical + imaginative mind is greater than analytical mind (A+I>A); and then there are 2 proofs (1.what narrator is thinking on the street; 2.solving the murder)

O.K, this are the most important points. We've mentioned a lot more (language, telegraph, the locked room, the characters) but let's leave something just for those who appear at our meetings ;)