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Murder on the Orient Express
In the book, Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie wove a superbly tangled web of true brilliance. It was a perfectly planned murder mystery. Everything pointed to the impossible which made it become probable. False clues, or red herrings, added to the suspense of the novel. For example, on red herring that was evident was M. Bouc's assumption of the murderer being Italian. Another false clue was the small dark man with the womanish voice. Another one of Christie's red herrings is the red kimono. All of these are clues which are trying to fool the reader and make the book more interesting.
The assumption that M. Bouc made turned out to be a red herring. He said that the killer was an Italian person because of the multiple stab wounds. Bouc said that Italian people are very dramatic in the way they do things. Dramatic meaning that he would be very into the stabbing and maybe get out of hand and stab the victim more than once. This was a false clue.
Another false clue was the small dark man with the womanish voice. Many people referred to the small dark man. This man is non existent. He was a made up person ,or a red herring. The murderers made him up in order to distract Detective Poirot. This was a very well planned false clue which confused people. It is a very hard red herring to detect until the end.
A similar red herring was the red kimono. Like the small dark man with the womanish voice, it was just a way to get Poirot off track. By planting the kimono in Poirot's suitcase. The people on the train were trying to get Poirot to look like the killer. All of the passengers on the train had a part in killing Ratchett, a.k.a. Cassetti. This red herring provided the reader with a false sense of direction.
Agatha Christie is a very brilliant and talented writer of mystery novels. Her book is full with deceiving clues and mind boggling occurrences. The red herrings mentioned were only a few of Christie's false paths she tried to take the readers on. It was quite an adventure of lies and murder.
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