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MaraDalton.visual.final

Auguste Dupin v. Dexter Morgan
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Mara Dalton

on 21 April 2011

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What Is a Scientist? noun: a person who studies or practices any of
the sciences or who uses scientific methods Those traits perfectly describe Auguste Dupin. Someone who...
thinks outside of the box
doesn't always follow others' leads
doesn't completely fit in for some reason
makes good use of evidence
Dexter as a scientist: Uses method of trial and error
Bases assumptions on facts and personal experience
Uses inductive and deductive reasoning Sources:

"C. Auguste Dupin." famous-detectives.com. A Plus Detective GmbH, n.d.. Web. 19 March 2011.

Poe, Edgar Allan. “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings.London: Penguin Group, 2003. 141-76. Print.

“Seeing Red.” Dexter. Writ. Daniel Cerone, Clyde Phillips and Melissa Rosenberg. Perf. Michael C. Hall. Showtime, 3 Dec. 2006. Television.

DVD Cover. Dexter. Writ. Daniel Cerone, Clyde Phillips and Melissa Rosenberg. Perf Michael C. Hall. Showtime. Web. 8 Apr. 2011. <http://images.dvdsetshop.com/Upload/uploadfiles/dexter.jpg> "One technique that Dupin always reflects upon is keeping himself in the mind of the criminal and then thinking as per his perspective." ("C. Auguste Dupin") In this video, we see Dexter using trial and error to determine what power tool was used in the execution of a murder by the Ice Truck Killer. Starting from the details (cast-off patterns) and working into the big picture (which tool), he uses inductive reasoning. Dexter Morgan From the TV show "Dexter" on Showtime, Dexter Morgan is a serial killer that works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood pattern analyst. What Edgar Allan Poe thought
made up the ideal scientist: Usually when the police are tracking down a serial killer.
In season one, Dexter is in awe of the "Ice Truck Killer", who leaves blood-free bodies around Miami.
Each time a bloodless body is found, everyone knows it was the same killer.
Dexter uses his own experiences with murder to determine how this killer does his job.
Also uses deduction when determining whether or not someone he wants to kill fits his "code". The detective from "Murders in the Rue Morgue," Dupin uses evidence found in testimonies from the newspaper to determine that Madame and Mademoiselle L'Espanaye were killed by an orangutan, not a human. Sound vaguely familiar? Now, how do we see all these in Dupin? So who could be considered as a modern Dupin? First off, who is Dupin? The narrator says that while living with Dupin "[their] seclusion was perfect. [They] admitted no visitors. Indeed the locality of [their] retirement has been carefully kept a secret from [his] own former associates; and it had been many years since Dupin had ceased to know or be known in Paris," (Poe 145). Doesn't assume any of the police's conclusions were true
Doesn't rely solely on reports in the paper
He decides that he and the narrator should "enter into some examinations for [themselves] before passing judgment" (Poe 157). Police base their judgments on starting assumption that perpertrator was human (deductive reasoning).
Dupin bases his judgment upon what the witnesses said in the paper and the details of the scene. Only then does he arrive at the conclusion that the crime was not the work of a human (inductive reasoning). Thinking outside the box Doesn't follow in others' footsteps Doesn't fit in with the rest of society While Dupin and Dexter differ in many ways, they both embody the traits that Poe seems to argue "define" a scientist. Efficient use of evidence, the gall to go out a limb, and not fitting in to society are traits seen not only in Dupin and Dexter, but also seen (for the most part) in all scientists, both real and fictitious. Their methods of experimentation may differ--like in the use of inductive versus deductive reasoning--but they have the same core traits. How Dupin operates: Dupin also uses a lot of inductive reasoning. He starts from the established details to end at a broader conclusion. When does Dexter deduce? Auguste Dupin Dexter Morgan Serial Killer ???
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