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September 18, 2006

Kristine's Quote Commentary on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

Kristine Park
CompLit 240 Section 003
"He impaired his vision by holding the object too close. He might see, perhaps, one or two points with unusual clearness, but in doing so he, necessarily, lost sight of the matter as a whole. Thus there is such a thing as being too profound."
-"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" Edgar Allan Poe pg.412

When investigating a problem, one must focus on the problem. However, the problem will not be easily solved if only one aspect of it is focused on with intense concentration. This quote illustrates this clearly. Although he knows some parts with great clarity, he does not see the whole as clearly. When Dupin from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue? and Poirot from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd analyze a problem, they are very good at observing; they know what to observe in the situation. But it does not mean they focus on just one observation; they are able to see clearly on all components of the problem.
By saying “thus there is such a thing as being too profound,? it is made known that simplicity has value in seemingly unsolvable problems. Poirot and Dupin definitely demonstrate that through their odd talent of solving problems.

Posted by krpark at September 18, 2006 11:03 PM


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