MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS AND HERCULE POIROT:A CLOSER LOOK

Hercule Poirot, a recurring Christie character, has become one of the mos famous fictional detectives. Poirot is a retired Belgian police officer turned private detective. As a private detective he tours Europe and the Mid-East solving murder mysteries. Because he is a private detective and has no apparent family, Hercule Poirot has a great deal of freedom. He is independently wealthy and the decisions he makes are not subject to law or otherwise. As exemplified in Murder on TheOrient Express, Poirot does not always follow the law—he lets the real murderers go. This novel is one of two Christie books where the murder is let off. While Poirot does not always obey the law, he always abides his conscience and his sense moral law. "Moral Law" is somewhat like religious law or the law of God, it is a general sense of right and wrong that supersedes any man-made written laws. In the case of the Armstrong family, Poirot put moral law first. The private detectiveis an arbiter of morals; he has the power and the brains to fight evil.

  Poirot is moral and intellectual superhero. He is quite clearly smarter than any of the other passengers, especially M. Bouc and Dr. Constantine. In the beginning of Section three, Christie includes a humorous comparison of the thoughts of the three men Poirot's greatest task as a detective is to be the smartest person around; he must intellectually defeat the murderer. The Armstrongs purposefully attempt to confuse and fool Poirot. They set an elaborate set of clues and misleading evidence to veer him from the truth, but Poirot still wins. From the time he sits down and "thinks" with Dr. Constantine and M. Bouc, Poirot knows the solution of the case—it is merely a matter of confirming his suspicions.

Poirot is a very likable character, despite his moral and intellectual greatness. Heis over concerned with appearance, distracted by his moustache and has a liking for strong-willed British women (a.k.a. Ms. Debenham). He is rather short, slightly snobby and probably lonely at times. It is good Christie gives him cases so often. Hercule Poirot, through Christie's novels, is said to have aged to 105



“Time is the best killer.” 

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  • Selina KyleSelina Kyle Investigator
    i havent read motoe .....but the review gives ma a fair amount of hp in motoe :D
  • what is motoe?

    “Time is the best killer.” 
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    Murder On The Orient Express The Initials are MOTEO      

  • BluemoonNatBluemoonNat Cebu City, Philippines Investigator
    105 years old! How can that be! Like the guy still has black hair, or does he dye cause I wouldn't be surprised at all honestly. I like how he gets distracted by mustaches, I find that funny
  • shifra.shomronshifra.shomron ✭✭✭
    edited May 2014
    Yes, @BluemoonNat, he dyes his hair (at first fooling Hastings), and eventually has to resort to wearing a wig, too. See, Curtain. 
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    I was confused with that bit, does that mean that from the moment he meets Hastings in The Mysterious Affair At Styles he changed his appearance so the only person to know what he really looked like was George?
  • @Tommy_A_Jones at The Mysterious Affair at Styles he was a refugee, and limped a bit and didn't have George to look after him yet. I'm not sure when George makes his first appearance, but I'm not sure that even he really knew what Poirot looked like - at least until Curtain. For a while Poirot dyed his own hair, when it needed it, just like he would frequently apply cream to his moustache and remove dust and stains from his clothes. He admired George's ability "to press the pants" and define people's social class.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    But was he dyeing the wig to carry on the Charade? which would mean that that he would look different without his hair, It is just the bit about The Disguise I found confusing It suggested to me that Hastings had never seen the real Poirot or am  reading it wrongly?

  • shifra.shomronshifra.shomron ✭✭✭
    edited May 2014
    We're only told about the wig in Curtain. Before that, he simpy dyes his hair. Even Hastings says it looks like a wig (13-4), not realizing that it is one (249)! If George said that P. wore a wig, then possibly even he didn't see him much without it.
    He also wore a false mustache ("even Georges does not know that!" p. 274).
    So Hastings saw him only once without the wig - when he'd rumpled his hair up, and was pretending to be Norton, the man whom he'd murdered (274). And obviously he wasn't dying his hair, because it's grey.
    George never saw P. without the false moustache.
    Hope it's clear!
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes Thank you
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