Forgot your password?  

The Purloined Letter Essay | Critical Essay #1

This Study Guide consists of approximately 48 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Purloined Letter.
This section contains 1,635 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Purloined Letter Study Guide

Critical Essay #1

Poquette has a bachelor's degree in English and specializes in writing about literature. In the following essay, Poquette discusses Poe's theory of the "bi-part soul" and its application in Poe's story.

Throughout his career, Poe was fascinated by the idea of a "bi-part" soul, half imagination, half reason—an idea that was expressed in many of his works. As Roger Asselineau noted about Poe in his entry for American Writers, "His works reflect this double aspect of his personality: the abandonment of the self-destructive romantic artist and the self-control of the conscious and conscientious craftsman." At first glance, somebody looking at Poe's stories may be tempted to label each one as either a horror story—emphasizing imagination—or a detective story, which emphasizes reason. However, with Poe, it is not always that simple, especially with Poe's detective stories. Kenneth Graham notes in the Introduction to...

(read more from the Critical Essay #1 section)

This section contains 1,635 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Purloined Letter Study Guide
Copyrights
The Purloined Letter from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook