The Murders in the Rue Morgue in terms of the character and the
creation of tension?
Question: To what extent do the detective fiction stories looked at
imitate 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' in terms of the character and
the creation of tension?
This essay will explain, discuss and examine the effects of Edgar
Allen Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' had on other authors
writing detective stories during the 19th century. 'The Murders in the
Rue Morgue' was a new kind of story and Edgar Allen Poe had many
authors imitate him. Take Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, Sherlock
Holmes, for example. Holmes quickly became one of the most famous
detectives of that time and his stories were, and still are, loved all
around the world. But not forgetting all of the other detective
writers of that time too.
To an extent, most detective stories of the 19th century have copied
the original aspects of Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue.' This
essay will examine Poe's influence on his successors.
'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' was one of the first detective stories
ever written. Because of this, Edgar Allen Poe has set a trend for
other detective writers to follow. Poe has used a number different of
'points' in his story to create suspense and tension, which can be
found in other detective stories of that time.
For example, in Dorothy L. Sayers writing about 'The Murders in the
Rue Morgue', she writes that 'The story features a combination of
three typical motifs. The wrongly suspected man . . . . the sealed
death chamber and the solution by unexpected means.' These examples
can all be found in most of Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Sherlock Holme...
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was murdered, Cadogen West, had taken the papers.
In conclusion to this essay, we can see that throughout the stories
that we have read, how often the writers have imitated Poe's original
six points. We can see that the writers have imitated the classic six
points quite well. Some of the stories might not contain all of the
six points, but the points they do contain have all added to the
creation of suspense and tension in the mind of the reader. All of the
writers we have looked at, in one way or another, have all tried, and
successfully incorporated the basic character of Dupin into their own.
It is evident that the most successful story that we have read has to
be 'The Problem of Dressing Room A.' It has included all of the
classic six points that Sayers mentioned about 'The Murders in the Rue
Morgue' and the outré character of the detective.
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