Character Analysis: The Murder On The Orient Express

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Topics: Agatha Christie
Lindsey Matthiesen September 8, 2015
The Murder on the Orient Express Summer Reading Assignment
My first reaction to The Murder on the Orient Express was amazement. Christie has the ability to hold together multiple ideas and storylines, still she is able to connect them and form one of the best mystery novels ever published. I have heard a lot about this novel, The Murder on the Orient Express, and was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was to read. It lives up to its reputation. Of course when reading every book, there are questions that we want to be answered the moment we think of them. In the book, when the reader learns about the murders origins, Mrs. Hubbard says it was right to murder Mr. Ratchett, to help prevent
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She is calm and collected and plays a big part in the murder of Ratchett. Everybody knows someone who always has everything together and is confident and collected in tough situations. In this novel Debenham is that person. Her personality reminds me of someone in my own life who acts similarly. Of course in the book she does some things that I could never picture anyone that I know doing but, one event that takes place in the beginning of the novel that involves Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot reminds me of something that has happened in my life. Debenham and Arbuthnot are caught talking about something involving the murder and Poirot begins to suspect them. I have had moments in my life where either I have gotten caught saying something or I have caught someone saying something. Moments like this happen to everybody and Christie putting this into her novel made the book relatable, but she still was able to make a wonderfully written murder mystery. One issue I responded to was when the train got snowed in. Living in the Northeast we get snow a lot and sometimes we get snowed in at the worst times. The train in the novel got snowed in right after the murder was performed so the police could not get to the train. I have been snowed in on the days where I have tests that I have been preparing for, for a while and then it snows and I have to review that whole day so I can retain the information. Snow is a natural occurrence of nature and Christie uses it to her benefit, which makes a reason for why the police could not get to the

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