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NARRATOR’S INFLUENCE IN ERRONEOUS ASSEMBLY (MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE)
NARRATOR’S INFLUENCE IN ERRONEOUS ASSEMBLY (MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE)

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NAME: SANDRA MARCELA LIBREROS RIAÑOS CODE: 4306007 DATE: MARCH- 11TH - 2010

NARRATOR’S INFLUENCE IN ERRONEOUS ASSEMBLY

During the reading of the book “murders in the rue morgue”, it can commit erroneous assembly in certain parts of the book, in my case, I assured the murderer was the anonymous narrator, because of his behavior, furthermore, he did not want to comment and tell what he really thought, scared to be discovered by Monsieur Dupin’s analytical mind.

First of all, according to Peter J Rabinowitz, “who is a professor of comparative literature, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, began teaching at Kirkland College in 1974 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the two schools merged. He is the author of Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and The Politics of Interpretation (1987)”.1

“Erroneous assembly produces something internally consistent: the swing set holds up, but the swings are three inches closer to the ground than the manufacturer had in mind. And that can happen in reading as well. That is, there is a significant number of texts (perhaps all texts) where two or more starting points can result in conflicting, but equally coherent and consistent, meanings—using the word broadly to include the step-by-step experience of tension and relaxation, surprise, confusion, and euphoria”2.

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http://www.hamilton.edu/academics/faculty.html?dept=Comparative

Admittedly, the erroneous assembling was common in my reading, one of them was the context, for example, “The disorders of the room had, as usual, been suffered to exist. I saw nothing beyond what had been stated in the "Gazette des Tribunaux."3 I really thought the narrator said those words trying to avoid Dupin’s investigation and do not talk about the crime as well, hence, it made me think, the narrator had been involved in the crime. In addition, the narrator influenced somehow in my erroneous assembly, given that, he was counting the story, therefore, he could hide important facts about the murder, looking like an innocent character, then, I guess he always gave short answers or said things Monsieur Dupin already knew, because of his friend who could suspect him and catch him. Like in this case, “Let me now advert—not to the whole testimony respecting these voices—but to what was peculiar in that testimony. Did you observe any thing peculiar about it?" I remarked that, while all the witnesses agreed in supposing the gruff voice to be that of a Frenchman, there was much disagreement in regard to the shrill or as one individual termed it, the harsh voice”.4 Funnily enough, while I read the narrator’s behavior made me misunderstand who was the murderer, since his actions as his silence, his little participation in the investigation, his companion all the time, caused me suspicious about his innocence, it was remarkable in this part, “He then asked me, suddenly, if I had observed any thing peculiar at the scene of the atrocity. There was something in his manner of emphasizing the word "peculiar," which caused me to shudder, without knowing why.

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Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation (Theory & Interpretation of Narrative)
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Murders In The Rue Morgue By Edgar Allan Poe, page 10 Murders In The Rue Morgue By Edgar Allan Poe, page 11

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"No, nothing peculiar," I said; "nothing more, at least, than we both saw stated in the paper."5

In conclusion, my erroneous assembly was blame the narrator, misunderstanding all his actions and what he said in the story, for me he was like a deceptive person, who was with Monsieur Dupin trying to stay away from his guilt or participation in the terrible and cruel massacre, nevertheless, what it was said previously changed at once reading the end of the story, I realized the murderer was an orangutan and someone not guilty had been accused, in this case was the narrator who just told the story.

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Murders In The Rue Morgue By Edgar Allan Poe, page 10

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