Morality Of Murder In Murder On The Orient Express By Agatha Christie

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Morals are principles which help people to behave rightly. Also, they need to protect the rules. However, in Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express, the characters act dishonestly: twelve passengers on the Orient Express murder Cassetti, they lie to the Belgian private detective, Hercule Poirot and the protagonist overlooks the passengers. Agatha Christie wrote these intensions fairly. From Murder on the Orient Express, the readers can learn that some set of morals are endorsed.
Before the explanation of twelve passengers’ moral, the description of Ratchett’s background is essential. Ratchett’s real name is Cassetti. He kidnapped Daisy Armstrong and her parents paid 200,000 dollars for her return. However, the diabolical man murdered Daisy brutally because of his fun. From the obituary, Mrs. Armstrong gave birth to a dead child who was born prematurely and herself died and Mr. Armstrong shot himself. Daisy’s nursemaid named Susanne committed suicide suspected of some involvement with the crime. Ratchett was arrested, but he escaped the justice by using the enormous money and power. The twelve passengers: Mrs. Hubbard, Hector McQueen, Edward Masterman, Colonel Arbuthnot, Mary Debenham, Princess Dragomiroff, Countess and Countess Andrenyi, Cyrus Hardman, Antonio Foscanelli, Greta Ohlsson, Hildegarde Schmidt and Pierre Michel relate the Armstrong family. They determine to kill Ratchett. Morality of the murder is the problem of reading Murder on the Orient Express. The readers ask themselves that they have a rights to kill a man. The novel suggests that murder is allowed under the right circumstances. If the kidnapping case is hideous and Ratchett is too evil, it is fine to kill him. This is the risk for the Armstrong family because they will be arrested. However, the Armstrongs are successful and they will not receive punishment for their crime. Poirot knows how For the Armstrong family, the sentence of death that Ratchett escaped needs to carry out to prevent him from attacking other children like Daisy Armstrong.
Most people believe that the lie can destroy the relationship. However, in Murder on the Orient Express, the lie seems permitted. By using the lie, the passengers on the Orient Express attempt to fool Hercule Poirot. Also, they conceal their true identity by using phony names and pretending not to be associated with the Armstrong family. Colonel Arbuthnot tells Poirot that he did not meet Mary Debenham. However, he calls her “Mary.” It is unusual for an Englishman to call a woman by the first name unless he knows her very well. Mary Debanham lies to Poirot that she did not live in America, but it fails. When Poirot interviews her, she uses “Long distance.” This is American phrase for the telephone call. In England, the people need to use “portmanteau call.” It is obvious that she is familiar with the American term and she lives in America. Antonio Foscarelli is the driver of the Armstrong family. He tells Poirot...

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