Lesson 1 (from The Murders in the Rue Morgue)
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" begins with an epigraph. The epigraph tells a story with the moral that no mystery is unsolvable. This epigraph relates to the story because it offers the same moral message and foreshadowing. The epigraph plays a large role in The Narrator's view of Dupin.
1. Class discussion: The epigraph in the beginning of the story is a message to the reader about a moral that the rest of the story relies on. What is the moral of the epigraph? How do you think it relates to the story by Edgar Allan Poe? Do you think that the epigraph strengthens this moral message?
2. Group discussion: In what ways do you think the epigraph foreshadows events that will happen in the short story? Describe why you think the author would want to foreshadow these events before...
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