Murder On The Orient Express By Agatha Christie

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Murder on the orient express by Agatha Christie, published in 1934 tells the tale of Hercule Poirot, an infamous detective known for his wit and extreme ability to observe slight details unnoticed by many. When Hercule boards the train, Poirot is approached by Mr. Samuel Ratchett an elderly man, and attempts to hire Hercule to protect him, due to threats against Mr. Ratchet’s life. Even though offered money, Hercule rejects Mr. Ratchets offer claiming “"I do not like your face, Mr. Ratchett” (Christie) This novel illustrates the motivation for detectives in this genre. Hercule doesn’t solve crimes due to money or some sort of financial or political gain. It is until after Mr. Ratchett is murdered Hercule takes up the case, Murder on…show more content…
Themes covered in The Orient express do not only involve just the conviction of evil natured people, but to also cover the idea that even though people believed in a God, how can evil sins still exist. Agatha Christie believed Society didn’t want the criminal to be punished in the afterlife, but wanted immediate gratification. They didn’t want it to be holy, they wanted it to be familiar with their everyday lives. Society is battling against evil. Most of the crime can be traced back to the moral failures of individuals, to their desire for wealth, to their betrayal of the morals. No one is safe from the law. You will always get caught and you will face your punishment. After several important observations, Hercule has deduced that the “killer” is the entire train cabin. It turns out our “victim” Mr. Ratchett was a kidnapper who kidnapped and murdered his victims. The killers were relatives of the true victims. Mr. Ratchett was actually Cassetti, a kidnapper and murderer of the young Daisy Armstrong for money. The Armstrong family murdered Ratchett because he escaped punishment in the U.S due to bureaucracy. So average citizens had no other choice except to take it upon themselves and be punish the evils of the world. Just because someone can escape the law, they cannot escape justice. This is what Agatha Christie is trying to emphasize, you can escape the law, but you cannot escape justice, through good going citizens. A
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