Mystery essay 3 revision-1[1]

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Jennifer Call Professor Davis FWS: The Mystery in the Story 9/25/10 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 use of clues and foreshadowing, the cleverness of the detective’s methods in investigating the crime, and the inevitable surprise at the outcome. Based on these criteria, the polished design of Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is far superior to Doyle’s “Silver Blaze” because Poe elegantly constructs the story and ultimately culminates it with an articulate and startling finale. Even though both stories were similar in their shape and conduct, Poe’s was clearly more advanced than the Doyle’s. Each tale consisted of narrators who were 1
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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 “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” Dupin arrived at the crime scene after the police’s investigative work was at a standstill and easily saw what the police missed. He was then able to determine the truth of the matter without finding it necessary to hear the viewpoint of the narrator like Holmes did. Dupin’s factual analysis, calm and clear behavior in the face of a grisly double murder, and strong intuition were what set him apart from Holmes. Poe said, “Between ingenuity and the analytic ability there exists a difference far greater, indeed, than that between the fancy and the imagination, but of a character very strictly analogous. It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic” (32).
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