Murder on the Orient Express | Study Guide

Agatha Christie

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murder-on-the-orient-express-agatha-christie_v3Hercule Poirot, Part 1, Chapter 6e, I suspect everybody till the last minute.When a diverse group of passengers sets out across Europe on the Orient Express, inspector Hercule Poirot expects a typical journey. Then the train lodges in a snowbank the very night a brutal, puzzling murder occurs on board. As Poirot conducts interviews and collects clues, he reaches a shocking conclusion.Everyones a SuspectTHEMESJusticeThe wronged desire punishment for the wrongdoer, raising philosophical questions about the nature of justice.AppearancesIn a story full of stereotypes, appearances lead to false assumptions that Poirot has to unpack.Restoring Social OrderIdentifying and punishing a wrongdoer restores the social order.SymbolsHercule PoirotRepresents an authoritative judge of truth and justice 12 PassengersSymbolize a self-appointed jury that inflicts its own punishment and helps Poirot decide the case Murder on the Orient Expressby the NumbersYear the Germans surrendered to the Allies in an Orient Express train car at the end of WWI 1918Year Christie published her first novel, the first Hercule Poirot tale called The Mysterious Affair at Styles1920iconYear the Orient Express route was established from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul)1883Novels about Hercule Poirot that Christie wrote before Murder on the Orient Express7Sources: AgathaChristie.com, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Smithsonian.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.AuthorAGATHA CHRISTIE18901976As a World War I nurse, Christie began writing detective novels and plays that gave readers the comfort of order and justice in fiction, if not real life. Her two most famous detectives were Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, and both helped catapult Christie to literary stardom.Main CharactersHATESSamuel RatchettTrue name Cassetti; American leader of a murderous gangHATESMary DebenhamCalm but passionate English governess; helps plan Ratchetts murderMrs. HubbardBrash, self-centered, woman; conceals her true identitySUSPECTSHercule PoirotClever, respected Belgian detectiveSUSPECTSM. BoucElderly British director of the company running the Orient ExpressASSISTSEnglishOriginal Language1934Year PublishedAgatha ChristieAuthorMurder on theOrient ExpressNovelMystery

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