Cynicism In Poirot's The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

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. Christie’s detective world is very much a product of the post World War I ‘modernist’ cynicism which also rendered in humans, a sense of introspection. As Poirot says, “It is the brain, the little grey cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within, not without.” The focus on the interiority of self can also be related with Freudian psychoanalysis as a way of gaining access to a complex, inner self. Confession, therefore, that relies solely on the inner being or the interiority of the mind, can be termed very much a modernist mode. The one Poirot novel that most blatantly plays with our belief in the reliability of the confessed narratives is Christie’s infamous The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Set in the peaceful village of King’s Abbot, it opens with the narrator, Dr. Sheppard, informing the readers about the death of Mrs. Ferrars, a wealthy widow, who, rumour has it, had poisoned her husband to death. Shortly afterwards, Roger Ackroyd, another wealthy, well-respected widower who had been expected to marry Mrs. Ferrars, reveals to Dr. Sheppard that not long before her death Mrs. Ferrars had confessed to him confirming the rumours that she had in fact murdered her husband. She had also added that she was being blackmailed by someone in the village. Before committing suicide, she had mailed a letter to Roger Ackroyd disclosing the name of the blackmailer. Unwilling to read the fateful letter in front of the good Dr. Sheppard, Roger Ackroyd requests to be left

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