In today's modern times we hear the word hero all of the time. The news
media throws the term around as if it is an everyday word. What exactly is a
hero? Who, or what, can be classified as heroic. The correct definition of the
word hero is: One invested with heroic qualities in the opinions of others. A
hero is a person who is admired for accomplishments achieved. That is a fine
definition for books and intellectual minds. Agatha Christie is a hero because
she brought crime novels to a whole new level, how she helped many people,
and how famous and numerous her works are.
Agatha is a hero because she made crime novels into what they are
today. Before Christie's inspiration for her plots were gleaned from every aspect
of her life and her respectable childhood in Edwardian Torquay, became the
foundation for her detective fiction. Ironically, Mrs. Christie probably cloned
Miss Marple after herself. She worked as a nurse while her husband was off at
war. Through her nursing experiences, she learned of many new drugs on the
market. These drugs fascinated her, thus prompting her to use them as factors
in several of her Graham 2 works. Several of her books include death by
poisoning. Death came by poisoning, strangulation, drowning, shooting,
stabbing - even chocolate cake. The most famous novel depicting Hercule
Poirot is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. This book is a subtle masterpiece of
misdirection, and created quite a public sensation. It was probably the greatest
achievement of this time period. "Its charm lies in the eruption: the terrible
murder in a world of order and structure," adds Laura Thompson.
Throughout her life Agatha Christie helped many people. In 1901, her
family went through financial crisis on account of her father's death. The sad
demise of her father ended her childhood. She started living together with her
mother in their Torquay home. Agatha volunteered as a nurse during World
War 1. From October 1914 to December 1916, she dedicated her time by
serving for 3,400 hours of unpaid work. From December 1916 until the end of
her service in September 1918, she earned a wage as a dispenser at an annual
rate of £16, which is equivalent to $410 nowadays. Common tasks for VAD
nurses included making bandages, rolling them, and prepared baskets full of
swabs for hospitals. This was the simplest of tasks. Agatha was constantly
harassed by her superior Nurse Anderson. She was given little to no
instructions and loads of work. Work hours were long and arduous. Because of
this many nurses quit, but not Agatha who stayed with it. Once she set her
mind to something nothing could stop her from doing it.
Agatha Christie was one of the first women to write murder mysteries.
Two of the main characters used in most of Christie's works were...