Exposition: Setting: 19th Century Paris, France Characters: Dupin- Analytical thinker, brilliant, bookish, and smug. Narrator- Told through first person, friend of Dupin, describes crime scene and his knowledge. Sailor- Irresponsible, allows the ourang-outang to cause murders.
Conflict: The police arrest a bank clerk whom they suspect of committing the Rue Morgue murders. Dupin feels responsible to solve the crime and free Le Bon (the bank clerk). The Narrator has no idea who killed the two women.
Rising Action: The two L'Espanaye women were murdered in their apartment. Madame L'Espanaye was found on the paved yard in the back of the building with a severely cut neck and a mutilated body. The daughter was found head downward and was dragged after being forced up the narrow chimney, dark bruises were found on her neck, and severe scratches on her face.
Climax: Dupin figures out that it was an ourang-outang that murdered the two women because the hair that was found wasn't human, the strength needed wasn't human, and the bodies were badly beaten.
Falling Action: Dupin put an "Ourant-outang Found" ad in the paper to try and get the sailor in charge of the ourang-outang to explain how the ourang-outang got loose and was able to commit the murders.
Resolution: The Sailor went to Dupin and the Narrator's house and explained how the ourang-outang got loose and into the apartment to kill the women. Le Bon gets released, the Sailor sells his ourang-outang, and Dupin is satisfied with the results of the case.