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Jennifer Call Professor Davis FWS: The Mystery in the Story 9/29/10 4. Elegance of Design: Poe vs. Doyle Noteworthy mysteries are nerve-racking throughout the story and yet satisfying at the conclusion because they include a totally unforeseen but rational explanation of the crime. Two masters of the mystery, Edgar Allen Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle, have created a pattern of standards within their well-designed works. Although the design may be similar, there are differences that make one mystery more intriguing than the other. Four important criteria in their mystery stories include shape and conduct of the story, the clues and foreshadowing, the cleverness of the detective’s methods to investigate the crime, and the inevitable surprise because of the outcome. Based on these criteria, the polished design of Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue” is far superior to Doyle’s “Silver Blaze” because of the elegant construction throughout the story and ultimately in the culmination of an articulate and startling finale. Although the Poe story was more advanced in its shape and manner of coming together at the conclusion, both stories had a similar layout of storyline. 1
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The narrators were friends of the detectives and through their dialogue, the narrators were the vehicles that delivered the reader insight as to what the detectives were thinking and doing in order to come up with an explanation that solved the cases. Poe’s unnamed narrator watched, asked questions, and was eager to learn everything he could from the detective, Dupin. In Doyle’s story, Watson was Sherlock Holmes assistant and was frequently used as a sounding board for Holmes to make sense of things. In both cases, these amateur detectives were drawn to the cases because a person, they believed, had been falsely accused. The detectives arrived at their crime scenes after the police’s investigative work was at a standstill. The detectives easily saw what the police missed and were able to determine the truth of the matter.
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