The Gold Bug | Study Guide

Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

"The Gold Bug" is written in the first person from the perspective of an unnamed narrator, the longtime friend of protagonist William Legrand.


"The Gold Bug" is narrated in the present tense, which adds to the story's sense of mystery.

About the Title

"The Gold Bug" references the strange beetle Legrand discovers on the island, which leads him on his quest to hidden treasure; the bug, however, is not necessarily what it seems.


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