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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.