Murder on the Orient Express. Christina Huynh and Sydney Kier . Van Dine and Agatha Christie .
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What are the rules?
Van Dine’s rule number three states that there must be no love interest. The business in hand is to bring a criminal to the bar of justice, not to bring a lovelorn couple to the hymeneal altar. In other words, Van Dine believes that a mystery book should be about solving the crime and finding evidence; therefore no love interest should be incorporated into the narrative. Agatha Christie's novel contradicts Van Dine’s opinion. Many characters like Count and Countess Andrenyi, for example, had an affectionate relationship throughout the book. Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot’s relationship benefitted the plot line the most. Agatha Christie described there connection secretive and vague. This correlation made the reader more interested and suspicious as the mystery went on. I too disagree with Van Dine’s statement. I think that having relationships build character and go into depth about there connections, also sometimes it makes the mood more mysterious and frightening.Rule #3
Van Dine states that a crime in a detective story must never turn out to be an accident or a suicide. To end an odyssey of sleuthing with such an anti-climax is to hoodwink to the trusting and kind- hearted reader. I agree with his opinion because if the resolution was suicidal or accidental the book would be pointless. A murder is defined as an unlawful premeditated killing by another human being. A mystery isn't as intriguing unless it is a murder. Murder gives the author more choices to attach personal conflict and detail into the story. In this book Ratchett, also known as Cassetti, was murdered by twelve other passengers. The author was able to create many killers because they all had emotional attachment to the victim. That is why the book is considered a murder. If it was self committed or unintentional the book wouldn’t be puzzling or worth reading. Therefore, I agree with Van Dine.Rule #18
12 people in jury- 12 wounds- 12 people related to the Armstrong caseRule #19