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The Purloined Letter Elements of Detective Fiction

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Detective or crime Fiction in The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Storyboard Text

  • PERFECT CRIME
  • knock
  • knock
  • Police Investigation Crime Scene Do Not Cross
  • COMPLEX PLOT
  • Police Investigation
  • DIM-WITTED POLICE
  • A letter is stolen from an unidentified lady, presumably of royal or high stature.
  • On several occasions the police search the minister's apartment for the letter. However, they are unable to turn up any evidence from the prime suspect.
  • The police come to Dupin to help since he was so successful with their last murder case. Dupin suggests that in the end, he was victorious because unlike the police, he can think like the criminal.
  • POWERS OF PERCEPTION
  • Elements of Detective Fiction
  • UNEXPECTED ENDING
  • CRASH
  • Dupin knows that the minister is a smart man. He will likely presume that the police will look in common hiding places. Therefore, he hides the letter in plain sight.
  • Dupin uses his cleverness to arrange a time when he can steal the letter from the Minister. Using a diversion outside the window he snags and replaces the letter with a fake.
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