Agatha Christie's The Murder On The Orient Express

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Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on September 15, 1890 in Torquay, England, U.K., as the youngest of three children. Christie wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote. She is the best-selling author coming only third to Shakespeare and the Bible. Christie described her childhood as very happy, and was surrounded by strong and independent women from an early age. She was raised in a household with various beliefs, and also believed that their mother was a psychic. Her parents believed that she should be homeschooled ;they taught her how to read and write, and to do basic arithmetic. They also taught her how to play both the piano and the mandolin. Her father was often ill and eventually he passed away in November of 1901. At this time Christie said her childhood was now over only being eleven years old. She met her fiancé Archie, in London during his leave at the end of 1914, and they married on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Agatha Christie died on January 12, 1976, at the age of 85 from natural causes in her Winterbrook House.
The story begins with Hercule Poirot, a detective, boards the Orient Express train. He is unable to sit in first class because it is full. In the morning, Poirot woke up to a cry that he thought nothing of until the next morning. The conductor informed everyone that the train is stuck in a snow bank. The next morning, the train still stopped, the conductor informs Poirot that Ratchett has been murdered and the murderer is still on the train. Poirot checks every passenger's luggage. During the luggage check he notices a list of things: a label on Countess Andrenyi's luggage is wet, a Wagon Lit uniform is found in Hildegarde Schmidt's bag and, the red kimono is found in Poirot's own luggage. (Sparknotes) After further investigation he is able to eliminate some suspicions because of their identity and having no involvement in the murder. Poirot comes up with two different theories to the murder and they are that a stranger had boarded the train and killed Ratchett. The second theory is that everyone that was in the cabin was involved in the murder. His great detective skills led him to the fact that everyone had an involvement in the murder on the Orient Express.
There are many themes in The Murder on the Orient Express, one of them being self proclaimed vigilantes. The Jury system is much different in Murder on The Orient Express. A self-appointed group of twelve, the same number of people in a jury, convicts Ratchett to death and then murder him. The Jury is a symbol of Justice. The Armstrong family justified the killing because they gathered the people together who all thought that Ratchett should pay for his crimes (Fredrickson 2). The novel constantly questions what a jury is and how just it is especially when a jury is self-appointed.
When Ratchett escapes justice in the United States, the Armstrong...

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