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Agatha Christie uses convention to create the Murder of Roger Ackroyd by basing the story on the detective fiction mantra “it is the reader's duty to suspect everyone,” only she puts heavy emphasis on the final word, everyone. The interesting thing about that statement is that she even makes her detective follow that mantra, because while Poirot is investigating the murder and dictating to Dr. Sheppard, he is formulating the theory that none of the standard “suspects” committed the crime, but that Dr. Sheppard was in fact the perpetrator. Before he gets too deep into the evidence of the crime, Poirot’s first instinct is to suspect everyone who is not “helping” him, in this case that is everyone except Dr. Sheppard in his and the reader’s eyes because Dr. Sheppard is the one narrating this story, and Dr. Sheppard leaves out what happens in the ten minutes between when he delivers the letter and when he leaves the room. The biggest thing about this book is its abuse of conventions by way of not following them at all. Its biggest attribute, of course, is its use of what is known in literary circles as an “unreliable narrator,” because the reader finds out at the end that the narrator was in fact the murderer, he had committed it very early in the novel, and that he deliberately lied to the reader by leaving out pieces of information that would have led
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENG 140 taught by Professor Blackwell during the Fall '07 term at Hartford.

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