Conclusion Of Agatha Christie

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5. Conclusion Having launched the first fin de siècle detective series, Arthur Conan Doyle established a certain tradition in writing such fiction. Over decades, his Sherlock Holmes has become the model for a successful literary sleuth: slightly eccentric, standing outside the society, but, at the same time, highly sagacious and observant, and – most importantly – nearly unfailing in his pursuit of justice. Since then, many writers complied with the tradition and introduced into their works the figures of the master sleuth and his faithful sidekick. Also Agatha Christie, despite the existence of the newly coined rules of the genre, followed Holmesian tradition and created in the 1920s the character of Hercule Poirot, a little shrewd foreigner who, due to some personal circumstances, has to practice his investigational skills in Great Britain. Yet, Christie did not simply assume the existing convention; she modified it according to personal demands and practices. As suggested in the introduction, at the first glance, her alterations seem to be quite substantial; yet, she has not been claimed to have founded a new tradition. Having analysed both literary critique on the subject and primary texts by both authors, the author of this paper has confirmed the above-mentioned suggestion, that is, principally conforming to the tradition, Agatha Christie still considerably extended/stretched its boundaries. Presuming some elements of the Holmesian tradition – the unfailing sleuth, his
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