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Mysteries and Suspense
Transcript of Mysteries and Suspense
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar Allan Poe
American short story writer, poet, critic, and editor
Known for his tales of mystery and horror
His tales initiated the modern detective story.
Known as the "Father of the Detective Story"
His poem The Raven is among the best-known poems in English Literature
Suffered a great deal of pain and loss throughout his life, which in turn affected his writing
Common themes in his work: Death and Loss
The Mystery Genre
Characteristics of a Detective Story:
short stories and novels
These stories are essential to contemporary crime fiction
Loved detective stories.
Great admirer of Edgar Allen Poe
Thought other writers had weak characters and weaker plots
Decided to improve form of detective fiction
Conan created the "scientific approach" to solving crimes
Observation, analysis, theory
What are the Elements of Mystery?
1 - There must be
3 - There is also...
SUSPENSE AND TENSION
4 - The
to the crime
What are the rules of crime solving?
MOTIVE - (
for the crime)
MEANS - (
to commit crime)
OPPORTUNITY - (
to commit crime)
Private investigator or detective investigating the case
Person who committed the crime
Information or clues concerning the case
Proof that suspect was nowhere near the crime scene
Using facts to infer a conclusion / solution
False clue or lead!
Fake out! Planting misleading clues!
Used to throw you off the trail!
A good detective story follows these six unwritten rules!
The crime must be significant
The detective must be memorable
The criminal must be a worthy opponent
The clues must be made available to the reader
The suspects must appear early in the story
The solution must be reasonable and possible.
Edgar Allan Poe Biography!