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The Purloined Letter

The Purloined Letter


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter: Symbols True or False

1. What do many literary critics say the letter symbolizes? -> Different processes of vision and knowing and the process of desire.
2. What does the check symbolize? -> How the letter has become an item for sale in the marketplace.
3. What do the games in The Purloined Letter symbolize? -> G—‘s childish personality
4. What does the smoke in the apartment symbolize? -> The rhythm of their thoughts—free floating, but focused
5. What do the green spectacles symbolize? -> Dupin's unwillingness to explore multiple versions of reality.