Edgar Allan Poe™s short story Murders in the Rue Morgue captures the social anxiety of the 19th century created by rap

Edgar Allan Poe’s short story Murders in the Rue Morgue captures the social anxiety of the 19th century created by rapid urban development due to industrialization.


How to prepare for this assignment:

First, think about the readings we have done in this module. Think about how industrialization caused people to migrate to industrial hubs like Philadelphia and New York in first two readings.
Reflect particularly on the reading titled "Victorian Attitude" about how people, especially the elites, felt about the city. Specifically, pay attention to the idea of anonymity. Why did people fear the idea of living anonymously in a big city?
After that, try to connect this history to the story. Pay attention to how that fear of anonymity is manifested in the story. Think about: What makes the case so difficult? Who are the witnesses? Why are they not helpful? Who are the victims? Why do we know so little about them? Who is the detective? What makes him a representative character of the industrial age?
To help you understand where Poe came from, it is recommended that you read his short bio (Links to an external site.). Pay attention to all the cities where he had lived.
How to Write

Have title that tells your readers what this essay is about.
Use multiple paragraphs to write this essay, which must include an introduction, a main body, and a conclusion.
The thesis is the soul of academic writing. You must include a thesis in the introduction of this essay. But since this is an assignment mainly aimed at letting you practice the interdisciplinary approach, you do not have to spend time thinking about a thesis. Instead, I am providing you with a thesis and all you need to do is to defend it. In this essay, you will be arguing: Edgar Allan Poe’s short story Murders in the Rue Morgue captures the social anxiety of the 19th century created by rapid urban development due to industrialization.
Begin the essay with an introduction that tells your readers what this essay is about, what your thesis is, and how you are going to defend this thesis (a very brief summary of the essay basically). Make sure you have a clear logic and lay it all out here. For example, you can start by saying "In this essay, I am going to analyze/discuss/examine******. I am arguing ********. To support this argument, I am going to first ****, then *****, and also ****." This way your readers will be able to clearly follow your logic. This will force you to think about your logic deeper before writing.
Begin each paragraph in the main body with a leading sentence, which is a sub-argument that contributes to the main thesis. For example, you can say "The author taps into people’s anxiety in the 19th century first by dramatizing the aspect of anonymity in urban life". Your leading sentence should set the parameters on what you can and should write about in this paragraph. If the leading sentence brings attention to anonymity, the entire paragraph should be about anonymity.
After the introduction, have a brief historical discussion. Unlike a conventional literary analysis, which does not leave the universe of the literary work, this assignment emphasizes how historical context affects literature. Therefore, it is important that you give your readers the historical context in which Poe’s story was written and published. Talk about the industrialization, migration, and rapid urbanization in the 19th century.
Now that the groundwork is laid, you will need to analyze the story. Pick one aspect of the story to focus on. I gave you the example of anonymity earlier, but you can also talk about the increasing diversity in cities, the story’s elitist perspective, or the density of the city. You must draw from both the story and history to support your analysis. For example, where in the story is anonymity invoked and why did it resonate with people in the 19th century? You must at least discuss two aspects of the story that contributes to the main thesis.
End the essay with a brief conclusion summarizing your points.


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