The Gold Bug By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809. Many consider him to be the master of mystery and horror. He only lived until he was forty, but he still managed to make a name for himself in that span. He was an author, a poet, and a critic. He had success but not of the financial or personal variety. For one, every woman he ever cared for ended up dead. That included his wife Virginia whom he loved dearly. The men in his life who were supposed to be there to guide him never stuck around. Financially, the copyright laws of the time did not favor writers. One could have a popular story but not earn much in the way of money. His most famous work is The Raven, a narrative poem that was first published in January 1845. He also wrote other highly regarded short stories such as, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell- Tale Heart, and The Gold Bug (Edgar 1). Most of Edgar Allan Poe's poems and stories had dark and macabre themes. The Gold Bug was not one of those stories.

The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe is a very exciting story. The story takes place in Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. The narrator who is unidentified through out the story is very good friends with William Legrand. William Legrand was from New Orleans and he gathers insects as a hobby. William Legrand has a servant named Jupiter that keeps him company and stays with him all times. One day the narrator decides to go over William's house. William Legrand and Jupiter arrive to the house shortly. William seems to be in a very good/exciting mood. William finds a rare Beetle and seems to be very pleased by its finding. The narrator asks to see the Beetle right away, but William let a Lieutenant borrow the beetle to exam in it. William draws a picture to show the narrator how the beetle looked like. William looks at the picture and thinks it looks like a human skull. Jupiter then says that the beetle looks like it was made out of gold. A month goes by and one day Jupiter arrives at the narrators house. Jupiter says that William has been acting really weird lately and he thinks the beetle has bitten William. The narrator heads to William Legrand's house to see what is going on. William Legrand asks the narrator to accompany him and Jupiter on a trip. The trip features William Legrand exhibiting traits of a madman, but they continue on their way. They dig up a big treasure box filled with gold, silver, and jewelry. The narrator asks William Legrand how he knew the treasure was buried there. The picture, that William Legrand had originally drawn for the narrator, had aided him in piecing together the whereabouts of the treasure. William drew the picture of the beetle on a parchment. He got the parchment when he found the beetle. When he placed the parchment over the fire more things became visible. After days of research he finally came to the conclusion and solved it (Poe 1-31).

In The Gold Bug, Edgar Allan Poe presents a very logical and non-horrific story about treasure and the...

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