For the first time, I found Poe’s work to be completely over the top and unrealistic given its context. Unlike other Poe stories, such as “The Oval Portrait”, in which deaths occur in supernatural ways, the deaths in this story were meant to portray those of a realistic detective case. However, in the end, readers discover that the murderer is, unrealistically, a monkey. In “The Oval Portrait”, the woman dies because her husband paints her perfectly, a sign that an attractive woman cannot be immortal. This story plays with supernatural and abstract ideas such as immortal beauty and eternal legacies. On the other hand, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” the first detective story written, urges readers to look at the story analytically and become a detective themselves. This is a much more grounded, lifelike story, however the ending is ironic when Poe expects readers believe that a giant monkey escaped his owner, climbed a pole, bust through a window, and brutally attacked two women. Describing the orangutan as having “an agility astounding, a strength superhuman, a ferocity brutal, a butchery without motive, a grotesquerie in horror absolutely alien from humanity, and a voice foreign in tone to the ears of men of many nations, and devoid of all distinct or intelligible syllabification” is simply absurd, and even the sailor says admits that he does “not expect you to believe one half (he) say(s)” and that he “would be a fool indeed if (they) did.” Clearly, while there are the themes of isolation and gloom, the perishing of women, and the attraction to the inner working of the mind, all common in Poe’s writing, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is different. Because the readers are engaged in a seemingly earthly and non-mystical story that suddenly ends up using an orangutan as the murderer, I felt as though there was a hint of jest and irony in the story. I believe that Poe is making fun of his own writing. Normally, Poe’s pieces are dark, dramatic, and gothic because they are supernatural or ghostly. When Poe tried to write a more realistic murder mystery, he made fun of it because it is not his style, and therefore the ending is simply ridiculous, silly, and too over the top for the realistic vibe he was going for. Poe was putting a spin on his classic writing by purposefully making the ending to the mystery and hideousness of the crime overly emphasized.