Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie (1932)
Some help with locations and French expressions at this website.
Blog posts and presentations due: Wednesday, October 18
- Group 3: Is it an appropriate punishment for Ratchett to be murdered?
- Group 4: Does Poirot make the right decision about hiding the truth to the police?
Write a post here of about 200 words discussing one of these questions; or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.
- Discuss the ending. Did the ending shock you?
- The plot changes quite a bit during the snowstorm when the train is stuck– what happens?
- M. Bouc and Dr. Constantine seem a little stupid compared to Poirot. Is this true? Why?
- Poirot relies mainly on psychology and logic to solve crimes. How is detective work different today? (Such as in TV shows like CSI).
- Are the characters likeable? Do you sympathize with any one of them more than others?
- Are the ethnic stereotypes simply a product of Christie’s time, or do you think she is making a statement by using them?
- Why was the story set on a train? Is there any symbolism to the train?
- Is the book funny in places? Are there any humorous characters?
- Does Ratchett deserve to be murdered? Are the people on the train wrong to do so?
- Does Poirot do the right thing in hiding what happened to the police?