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The Purloined Letter

The Purloined Letter

by Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter: Themes True or False

1. What is one of the main features of deception in The Purloined Letter?The deception reveals the crafty up-building imagination of human nature.
2. How does The Purloined Letter challenge perspectives of reality?The Purloined Letter demonstrates that reality can be manipulated through lies and deceit to the extent that “reality” ceases to have a stable meaning.
3. How does The Purloined Letter reveal the abuse of power?All of the characters use their power for their own personal, political, or financial agendas.
4. How does The Purloined Letter challenge traditional virtues of rules and order?By presenting a society where rules, politicians, police, and private detectives depend on deception.

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