Anjaly Chacko 17/PELA/034 Clues from Novel to Screen in the Novel Agatha Christie’s Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case Agatha Christie is considered as the Queen of Crime all over the world. Agatha Christie’s novels are related to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. An intelligent and famous investigator, Hercule Poirot is the major character in these Detective stories. Poirot is a French private who is world renown for solving some of the puzzling mysteries. Several films and television adaptations of Christie’s books have been made and several actors have been cast as Hercule Poirot.
A handful of further literary characters such as Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, were also clearly important predecessors to twentieth-century detective and espionage fiction. “According to Holmes, the “ideal detective” needs not only “the power of observation and that of deduction” but also “knowledge”. Though Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is more known as a author of detective fiction, some of his stories are in matter of fact early examples with the spy elements, e.g. The Naval Treaty, The Second Stain. In His Last Bow is the main protagonist Sherlock Holmes himself even as a double agent giving false data to the German army during the World War I. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American writer, poet, literary critic and editor who is also worth of mentioning as for the authors engaged in detective story.
In fact, by using an inner and limited point of view, the writer analyses in depth the psychology of the perverse and contradictory protagonists of his stories and exposes a kind of madness that induces readers to think of them as unreliable narrators. For instance, in works such as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” , the narrators attempt to prove their sanity providing a rational explanation of their actions and portraying their crimes as excusable. However, their inability to question their own abnormal behaviour, as well as their irrational fixations, are signs of their lack of sanity. This aspect is evident in “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the story of a man who murders an old man he lives with and hides the dismembered pieces of his corpse under his bedroom’s floor. However, when the police question him about the scream heard by a neighbour, he is pervaded by such a sense
DETECTIVE FICTION “ The term ‘Golden Age’ stands for a particular blessed era of crime writing” – Susan Rowland. Golden Age of Detective fiction is regarded as the period between World Wars I and II, an era of classic murder mystery novels of similar patterns and styles, predominantly in the 1920s and 1930s; however, classic novels had been written since 1911 and still, are being written. Most of the Golden Age writers are British, however, in America the genre of ‘Hard-Boiled’ fiction is dominant. In this age, the major theme is ‘whodunit’ or the ‘clue puzzles’ in which the reader solves the mystery of a codified game. Golden Age of Detective Fiction was preceded by an age, which began with Sir Arthur Canon Doyle’s set of short mystery stories
The isolated and alienated characters in the tales written by Poe were unknown and mysterious individuals who were pitted against dark fates that were a result of their deepest unconscious self. His plots unriddle the hidden actions and intentions of the troubled spirit. Edgar Allan Poe was a southerner and he had a dark metaphysical outlook that was sprinkled with elements of humour, parody, realism and horror. He was the one to invent the detective fiction and also gave a new definition to the short story genre in literature. Poe, like all other romantics believed that one of the major aspects of beauty lay in strangeness.
Background: The novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes. It includes a legend of a devil beast, a century old family curse. It is set majorly in London and the moors of England 's West Country, Dartmoor. The setting is ominous and brooding enough to be fit for a murder mystery. The author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish writer is well known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, considered as one of the best works in field of crime fiction.
The book; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has since its release in 1886, been the building blocks of many horror and crime stories. There can be drawn many parallels between the book and modern crime stories, and that is the purpose of this essay. There will be a focus on the duali-ty, seen in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and there will be drawn lines between Sigmund Freud’s theories on the human psyche and the literature Freud’s most known theories involve what he describes as, the id, the ego and the super-ego . His theory is that a person’s psyche is split up between these three parts, in most people there is a healthy balance between the three parts, but in people such as murderers there is imbal-ance between the parts, with might cause them to not reflect morally on their actions, thus maybe making them feel okay with murdering someone. Serial killers are described to have a more dominant than normal id, and a much smaller to non-existent super-ego, therefore mak-ing them feel that killing is just a tool for getting to their goal, and since their super-ego isn’t telling them no, they see no problem with using murder as a tool, they might even see it as a necessity.
1 Introduction A certain literary genre is based on certain philosophy theories. By comparing the different philosophical foundation of the traditional detective fictions and post-modern detective fictions from ontology and epistemology, post-modern detective stories not only deconstruct the narrative forms of traditional detective stories, but also implement post-modern literature theories to generate new philosophical space that is different from the former theories’ ontological and epistemological conclusions. Specifically speaking, post-modern detective fictions, represented by The New York Trilogy, creates a newly philosophical and aesthetic refutation, reconstructing the traditional detective fictions established by Edgar Allan Poe. 1.1 An Introduction to Detective Stories Detective story, is one of subgenres of crime story and mystery story where an investigator, no matter he is professional or amateur, detects some crime. Usually, it involves murder.
Edgar Allan Poe is widely known as a 19th century leading writers of the short story. He is also greatly known to be the founder of today’s modern detective and horror stories. Poe’s most famous work The Tell-Tale Heart is regarded as both a horror story and a psychological thriller. It discusses the story of a murder who is clearly insane yet tries to prove that he or is just the opposite, sane. The story is told through a first-person narrative.
conforms to and frustrates what we traditionally expect from the genre. Poe shaped the genre of detective fiction - although he preferred to call them “tales of ratiocination” - after introducing Detective C. Auguste Dupin. Dupin analyses unsolved mysteries and uses his advanced cognitive ability to deduce information to solve cases; thus, a new genre was born. To describe how Poe’s short stories both comply with the general expectations of detective fiction and how they defy them, I plan to examine The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter. Having come from the Latin word “genus”, meaning “type”, “genre” refers to style, when things, usually music or literary works, are grouped in collections of similar style.