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The murder in the rue morgue

         A narrator who has no name starts this story of killing and criminal detection by a discussion of the analytical mind. He says that the specialist is driven illogically by moral inclination and intuition to unravel whatever   makes his peers confused.  He continues to say that the specialist finds pleasure in studying mathematics and checker game, that lets the person who is doing calculation practice the skill of detection. The moves are not only important to the game, but also significant to the opponent. He argues that, the study is only imagination.  He says that, while the clever man may sometimes be analytical, the man who is calculating without failing is more imaginative.

The person narrating describes the incidence where he met someone called C. Augustine Dupin. The men were looking for a similar book at an obscure library in Rue Mont mare Paris where they began to talk. Eventually, they became allies, and they came to conclude they could move in together so that they could share the cost of living. The narrator illustrates Dupin’s super power of analyzing, on one night while they were taking a walk together Dupin gave a description of the actor that the narrator is pondering.  The narrator amazed by Dupin asked him to expound his way of doing things, and enabling one to observe Dupin’s capability to toil backwards and see the significance of apparently non-important material get to the conclusion.

           Thereafter, the narrator and Dupin got news from the newspaper about a horrible killing in Rue Morgue. At night around like ten neighbors of Madame L’Espanaye and their daughter Camille wakes to screams from their apartment. They hear voices followed by silence. Two policemen and neighbors break into the apartment that was locked only to find several pieces of evidences that a crime was committed. They found bags of money, blood-smeared razor, opened safe and locks of gray human hair. Traces of soot took them to the chimney where they found dead body of Mademoiselle Camille. They thought that, the killer may have chocked her to death and then threw her body in the chimney. Continuing with their investigation the police and the neighbors found the body of Madame in courtyard at the end of the building. They found her body badly beaten and her throat cut numerous times.    

             The murder in the rue morgue permits the writer to tolerate a lengthier narrative where he gives seemingly unfathomable puzzles that his champion, Augustine Dupin, can continually ultimately know. Eventually, Dupin becomes a stand-in for the writer who creates and unravels a cryptograph in the type of peculiar murder case. Dupin is smart and thinks ahead of the normal reader and the police. The narrator appreciates and encourages him to bring about his investigation that surprises the narrator. Going with Dupin to the scene of crime, the narrator apparently observes similar evidence but wants his friend’s explanation to see the real nature of proof and to comprehend its position in the superior puzzle.

               One Part of dupin’s intelligence is his capability to detach himself from the expressive killing of the scene of the crime. The police are confused by the absolute inhuman cruelty displayed in the scene; hence Dupin is capable of looking beyond the ferocity and calmly scrutinize the small bits that normally go without being noticed. The execution of Madame L’Espanaye is an example that according to Dupin makes the police stand aside not to solve the crime. On behalf of Dupin’s wisdom and cunning, the exact explanation of the crime is by any means, bizarre Ourang Outang was involved.

The girl with the silver eyes

         "The girl with the silver eyes", a story by Dashiell Hammett is an illustration of a hard-boiled tale. It has fewer secrets and its characters are not as interesting as those in the murder in the Rue Morgue are. The story begins with the narrator being woken up from his Sunday morning sleep and asked to go to Glenton apartments. He meets a man called Burke Purgeburn who was looking for his fiancée Known as Jeanne Delano. He agrees to look for the girl, after asking for little information on her appearance. The detective shows his intelligent by seeing beyond what Burke could see. He suggests that the girl would have run away because of stealing money from him. Going to the bank, he finds out that indeed the girl had managed to get away with Burkes brother-in-law’s money. After several investigations, he found out that the girl together with Burke was living in Joplin’s. He then goes to find them where he manages to get a story from the girl.

           Dashiell calls Jeanne the girl with the silver eyes several times, which is quite funny. This is because it was the way the detective, knew her at the White Shack. Even if she had changed her outside looks, still she was distinct due to her eyes. She is kept in criminal light by the dark, silver-gray colors that usually identify her. Dashiell describes her eyes every time she made a move that they remained silver as they always were. No matter what she did to cover herself her eyes would sell her out. Silver eye meant snake like. This is because, Dashiell (pp976) says “ a slimy reptile whose highest thought had been a sinful a dope had gone grimly to death that she might get away” the quote backs up my idea of her snake like motive. Jeanne, who was once known as Elvira, did anything she could to get away with any state she felt her beauty would play a part. She uses her beauty to try to kill the detective. The detectives is able to unravel the mystery in the whole story. Using unknown wisdom, he is able to tell that the girl had used Burke to get his brother-in-law’s money, and had taken him to the bank so that it would be thought that he was the one who forged Burke brother-in-law’s signature. He finds out that the girl had killed Burke when she learnt that he was coming.

Comparing and contrasting the detectives in the books

The two detectives in the book had various similarities and differences. The first similarity is that they saw beyond what normal people see. The detective in the murder at the Rue Morgue saw that the killings had not been done by someone but an animal. The one in the girl with silver eyes saw that the girl had escaped after stealing money. They both appear as heroes in the way they carry out their investigations and how they manage to find answers to problems. They, however contrast in various ways. The detective in the murder in the Rue Morgue, studied what he saw, and used it to find answers to the mystery, while the one in the girl with blue eyes, uses people’s findings and writing. Dupin has no one to sue for the crime since the animal caused the crime whereas the detective in the girl with silver eyes sues the girl. Unlike Dupin’s case, it not clear on what the detective in the murder in the Rue Morgue uses to make his conclusion, on what the girl had done. 

In conclusion, I feel as though this tale belongs to the 3rd part of collection of stories since the dames is all about Jeanne and her hidden intention, rather the man character and his tricks in crime. I never thought at any given time that, she is innocent as the damsel in misery: to me she was more of femme fatale even if certain male characters suggested to the details that may be she was helpless.




Dashiell, H. The Girl with the Silver Eyes. HarperCollins Canada 2013 print.

Edgar, A. P. The murder in the Rue Morgue. Random House,2009 print.