The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The murders in the Rue Morgue is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe in which the narrator and his friend Dupin read about a pair of “extraordinary gruesome murders” in the newspaper.  The murders are as horrific as they are mysterious, full of locked doors from the inside and a seemingly supernatural feeling of whodunit.  The police stumped as to a culprit, and cannot find shred of evidence to support any theories they have thus far come up with. However once the analytical mind of Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin is set on the case we discover the truth that even the most fantastical imagination could not of dreamed of.

The story describes the analytical mind, much like that of Sherlock Holmes, whose deductions seem to be the consequence of a working knowledge of the facts and intuition The narrator argues that analysis is not the only tool in the art of deduction. He states that while the ingenious man may be analytic, it takes a creative and imaginative mind to be truly cunning and outwit his foe.

I have until recently thought of Poe’s work to be morose and foreboding with a supernatural chilling story, but as I read more of his works I have realized that he turns pen to quite an eclectic range of stories. I drew a lot of correlations to Doyle’s detective in this short story.  Not only from the analytical mind of Dupin but also from the lay out of the mystery and to the way has our narrator describes the story much like Watson. Perhaps Doyle found his muse in Poe for his intrepid detective.


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