American Short Fiction Essay: Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Essay by skaterpeterJunior High, 9th gradeA+, October 2005

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One of the American short fiction writers that was read was Edgar Allen Poe. The first book that was read of his was "The Gold Bug". The second book of Edgar Allen Poe was "The Murders in the Rue Morgue". "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was the best short story that was written by Edgar Allen Poe. It was the best because Poe makes it seem like you, the reader, is the detective and you can foreshadow and predict what will happen next in the story. What really happens is revealed, and hinted, by the main character, a detective, Monsieur C. Augueste Dupin. "'I know not what impression I may have made, so far, upon your own understanding; but I do not hesitate to say......'"(Poe p200*-Augueste Dupin). After that, followed "The Mystery of Marie Roget", which is a sequel to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", and is followed by "The Purloined Letter", in the three-book series featuring a genius detective, Monsieur C.

Augueste Dupin.

The other author that was read was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Of his many short stories the one chose to first read was "My Kinsman, Major Molineux". The next book of his that was read was "Roger Melvin's Burial". "Roger Melvin's Burial" was the best short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was the best because it is obvious what is going to happen next in the story, so you can easily predict what will happen, and it usually is correct. "'Pray heaven, Dorcas, pray heaven that neither of us three dies solitary, and lies unburied in this howling wilderness"(Hawthorne p 438*-Rueben Bourne). As you may suspect, one of those three dies and is left unburied in the wilderness. The final short story read was "Young Goodman Brown", which...