If he is wrong, he loses a toy of his own. The boy whom Dupin describes plays the game well because he bases his guesses on the knowledge of his opponent. When he faces difficulty, he imitates the facial expression of his opponent, as though to understand what he thinks and feels. With this knowledge, he often guesses correctly. Dupin argues that the Paris police do not use this strategy and therefore could not find the letter: the police think only to look for a letter in places where they themselves might hide it. Dupin argues that the Minister D—— is intelligent enough not to hide the letter in the nooks and crannies of his apartment—exactly where the police first investigate.
He describes to the narrator a game of puzzles in which one player finds a name on a map and tells the other player to find it as well. Amateurs, says Dupin, pick the names with the smallest letters. A letter accompanies them. It has a different exterior than that previously described by the prefect, but Dupin also observes that the letter appears to have been folded back on itself. He becomes sure that it is the stolen document. In order to create a reason for returning to the apartment, he purposely leaves behind his snuffbox. When he goes back the next morning to retrieve it, he also arranges for someone to make a commotion outside the window while he is in the apartment.
When the Minister rushes to the window to investigate the noise, Dupin replaces the stolen letter with a fake. He justifies his decision to leave behind another letter by predicting that the Minister will embarrass himself when he acts in reliance upon the letter he falsely believes he still possesses. Dupin remarks that the Minister once wronged him in Vienna and that he has pledged not to forget the insult. Character List Roderick Usher C.
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Take a Study Break. Another one that must be properly appraised as a product of its time, the fact is that, upon publication, this tale caused a public uproar because it was sufficiently believable. This tale employs the ostensibly scientific case study of a hypnotized patient who, in his mesmerized state, is able to exist in a surreal, inexplicable condition where he's dead but… still alive. Once again, as preposterous as this sounds, today, and as outlandish as it clearly was, even in , it's a credit to Poe's masterful description, pacing and use of suspense that he actually pulled it off.
Celebrated as the first modern detective story, Poe's hero C. One of the many Poe efforts made into an inferior, and terribly dated, film, it works best on the page.
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Using his powers of deliberation, Dupin is an undeniable model for Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Poe is in full command of his considerable powers here, employing the process of investigation and discovery, cleverly employed humor and terror, and a character who proves he's smarter than everyone else. In only a handful of other stories was Poe so deftly able to balance shock and humor, albeit of a very dark variety. Cognizant that the narrator is a scoundrel, it's difficult to pity his plight even as we shudder at the humiliation he suffers. Although not often described as such, "William Wilson" is a tour de force psychological case study of an unreliable narrator tortured by a deservedly conflicted sense of self.
Any questions? How about a slowly descending, foot-long razor ever-so-slowly descending from the ceiling, giving you plenty of time to think about how it will eventually and ever-so-slowly slice open down the middle? And that's just a basic summary. Here is a one of Poe's most fully realized attempts at "totality". Poe creates a complete atmosphere of terror, where the narrator and reader understands it's not random, his captors are very aware of the conditions they've created, making the tension difficult to endure.
Where other stories describe, in often excruciating detail, the anguish inflicted on an overly sensitive individual, in this one Poe makes the reader acutely aware of their own senses: unable to see inside the pit, smelling the rats as they gnaw at the ropes, hearing the deliberate hiss of the pendulum, feeling the sweat frozen by the fear of death. Another one that's easy to imagine Dostoyevsky studying, this time in the construction of his underground man Notes from Underground : an unreliable narrator, or a narrator so reliable - -and truthful -- that he indicts himself in the attempt to be understood, and pitied.
As a study of horror, "The Tell-Tale Heart", perhaps Poe's most in famous story, seems tame to contemporary audiences. But as an examination of obsession and psychosis? The real fear an adult can derive from this story is not the narrator's brutality or even innocence, but his insistence that he's sane. With understated irony, Poe decodes the self-deceived stratagem of our most dangerous sociopaths. Although if only considered an unrivaled allegory of death and its inevitability , that somewhat superficial analysis still sells this one short as a blistering critique of social stratification.
Here Poe uses a rampant disease to illustrate not only the behaviors but attitudes of the haves toward the have-nots: actively walling themselves inside a fortified castle while misery wipes out the countryside, the superbly named Prince Prospero and his court can't be bothered with empathy for the afflicted, they have lavish masquerade balls to attend. A masterful clinic of the Gothic aesthetic ensues as different-colored rooms are described, the air of revelry undercut with hourly reminders of mortality, courtesy of the ebony clock. Finally, there's the spectacle of a silent intruder who mockingly moves from room to room, until finally confronted by the unfortunate prince.
And then, comeuppance courtesy of one of the great closing lines in literary history: "And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all. Poe, at times, makes the Grunge and Goth movements look like an ecstasy-addled rave.
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His irredeemable spiritual desolation was rooted not in anything like the info-overload pressure of too many choices we confront today, or finding the perfect partner or job, but fear of poverty, hunger and the unremarkable ailments that preyed upon humanity for so many centuries before sufficient medical advancements were made.
He lived in a time when even libraries might not have the information you needed, so you wrote it down or took to sea or went insane as a matter of principle.
In "The Black Cat", when the narrator's abuse of the bottle becomes unmanageable, it seems not autobiographical so much as an expression of the author's greatest fear: that his appetite for alcohol would poison his personality and override his ability to create. Once more, it's tantalizing to contemplate the ways Dostoyevsky may well have been developing the possibilities of an irresistible perversity driving one to self-defeat which Poe himself expanded upon in "The Imp of the Perverse" in both The Double and Crime and Punishment.
If "The Masque of the Red Death" features one of the all-time great closing lines, "The Fall of the House of Usher" contains one of the most sublime opening passages: in one extended paragraph containing words, Poe provides an enduring showcase for his "unity of effect" theory. Practically every image, every action, every word is dedicated toward the invocation of dread, and the suspense careens toward a conclusion that is literally shattering in several senses of the word.
The tale concerns itself with the narrator and his childhood friend, Roderick Usher, as well as his twin sister Madeline. And yet the main character is the house itself. The narrator feels a palpable sense of dreariness and decay as he approaches the family mansion, a foreboding that comes full circle as the house collapses into itself in the final scene.
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It's the effect the house has on its tenants, however, where Poe couples supernatural suspense with a human frailty to devastating effect. Sensitive to the point of intolerance to sound, Roderick has become an imploding specter of nervous energy and despair. As he confesses to his friend, "I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm, FEAR. With astonishing economy this story could -- and likely would, by a lesser writer -- have easily been stretched into a novel, albeit with lesser impact and effect , Poe manages to invoke his enduring preoccupation of live burial, split personalities, ruminate on the sentience of inanimate objects, and complicate the notions of art imitating life and vice versa, all while steadily orchestrating the ultimate confrontation twin vs.
Tragic and absurd as the events become, the narrator is content to leave it as a family matter, hastily escaping as the history of the house and its occupants sink into nothingness. We've discussed a perfect opening section and a perfect closing sentence; "The Cask of Amontillado" is just perfection, period.
It represents the consummation of so many of Poe's aesthetic innovations, crafted so each sentence builds upon the next like an expertly tiered stone wall… , amping up the humor, irony and, finally, horror. Not a word wasted, an image unnecessary, a line of dialogue inessential and yet, despite the formal symmetry at its heart, a mystery. What is the insult that drives Montresor's homicidal rage?
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It's never clear, and that only adds an element of menace. Is Montresor, like many of Poe's most inscrutable murderers, more or less insane? Put another way, it's difficult to fathom, since he and Fortunato are still at least superficially cordial, any offense that would warrant live entombment. As with "The Masque of the Red Death", Poe nimbly operates on multiple levels: there's an element of class disparity and resentment seething within the dialogue.
When Montresor insists that he is, in fact, a mason one of the delightful ironies, as he pulls out his trowel , it's easy to overlook Fortunato's offensive disbelief "You? A mason?
There's also the not inconsiderable matter of Montresor's family crest, wherein "the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel. The motto "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit" You will not harm me with impunity" is at once appropriate for his character, yet repugnant. A writer has succeeded if, in creating a story, a single unforgettable image is imprinted within the reader's mind. How many such scenes exist in this one short tale?
The image of a drunken Fortunato that name! And finally, the most cold-blooded line in Poe's collected works: "My heart grew sick -- on account of the dampness of the catacombs. Or is it one last twist of the trowel, one final act of impunity to repay the insult made more than 50 years before?
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