a hair in the details


The narrator of “The Murderers in the Rue Morgue” has figured out that analysis is more than an observation, but a complete examination of every tiny detail and ruling out every single possibility before coming to a conclusion. In the end of the story the final criminal is an orangutan, and this discovery would have never been made without the narrators extreme attention to and review of minor detail. The unlikely criminal is revealed through the narrator’s thorough investigation that he shows when he says: “I knew that all apparent impossibilities must be proved to not be such in reality.” From this small quote the reader is able to withdraw a plethora of information. The emphasis on the must shows the importance the speaker places in searching carefully through every single detail of each possibility. His knowledge of analysis helps him come to the idea he states in the quote. The reader can assume that through inherent experience he has come to understand that frequently answers are searched for in the possible rather than by ruling out impossibilities. His method may be less common but it will come to help him solve the murder and find the criminal. Without the narrators cautious review of seemingly extraneous details an uncommon case may go unsolved, and cause an innocent man to be incarcerated.

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One comment

  1. This is a really strong paragraph! Your claim is very clear and present at the beginning, which allows the reader to have a good grasp of what you’re about to talk about. Then, your interpretation of the emphases provides the reader with some more in depth understanding of the text given your point of view. We are now able to look at the character and understand the analytical power that the character possesses. I really like how at the end you mentioned how your interpretation ties into the story and how it may apply to other works of writing.

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