Essay Topic 1
What is Poe's purpose in beginning the story with an epigraph?
Essay Topic 2
What elements of a frame story are in this story? What purpose do these elements serve?
Essay Topic 3
Describe the relationship between the story's narrator and Dupin. Why is their relationship important to the story and the crime that is solved?
Essay Topic 4
In what ways are the murders at the Rue Morgue strange? What special circumstances surround the murder, and what role do they play in the story?
Essay Topic 5
How does Poe use gruesome details to illicit a response from the reader?
Essay Topic 6
Determine the tone of the short story. Find three specific elements of the story that create this tone.
Essay Topic 7
How does Poe use interviews and testimonies in the story? How do they create a sense of mystery and suspense? What other purpose do they serve?
Essay Topic 8
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