Presentation on theme: "Murder on the Orient Express"— Presentation transcript:
1Murder on the Orient Express Character LogMurder on the Orient Express
2Learning Target:Analyzing character through their actions, words, and descriptions
3Compartment 1. First…the detective… M. Hercule PoirotDescribed as quite ordinary, short in stature with curly moustache.Very intelligent and extremely aware.He has a strong sense of moral lawTheme:Appearances can be deceivingPassage: Page 7, “In spite of her preoccupations Mary Debenham smiled. A ridiculous-looking little man. The sort of little man one could never take seriously.”
4And his friend…M. BoucDirector of the Compagnie Wagon Lits and formerly worked for the Belgian police with Poirot.Easily frustrated and confused.Does not always understand Poirot’s reasoningIs a passenger in a separate train car and is cleared of the murder.Thinks very highly of Poirot.Brains vs. Brawn: The mind is mightier than the sword.Passage: Page 56 “I have faith in you! I am assured that it is no idle boast of yours.. Lie back and think – use ( as I have heard you say so often) the little grey cells of the mind – and you will know!”
52. Ratchett (deceased) Real name Cassetti Kidnapped and murdered the young Daisy Armstrong for a ransomEscapes punishment in the U.S.Described as having a malevolent appearancePassage: page 36 “If you will forgive me for being personal – I do not like your face, M. Ratchett.”
6And the Doctor Dr. Constantine Greek doctor who initially examines RatchettHe is travelling in a different train car so is not considered a suspect.
7You will need to figure out who committed the crime. The suspectsYou will need to figure out who committed the crime.
8Copy the following chart in your journal. Character’s NameDescription: (Physical and Personality)Connections:To other passengers including RatchettEvidence:What alibi and evidence do they present? (Also what motive would they have for killing Ratchett?)
9Detective WorkWrite down the suspect’s name, their alibi/evidence they provide, and what their connection is to the Armstrong case (if any). Remember, you will need to use this information to help you decide who murdered Ratchett! I will give you SOME of the information, not all of it. You will have to fill in the blank spots.
10Conductor’s Seat: Conductor Pierre Michel Conductor of the Orient ExpressDoes not initially fall under suspicion.Is concerned that M. Poirot feels he has been negligent at his job.
116/7. Hector McQueen Ratchett’s personal secretary Father was the prosecuting attorney in the Armstrong case.Insists Ratchett did not speak French.Realizes he is incriminating himself
124. Edward Masterman Ratchett’s valet Usually referred to by his function – “the valet”Polite, obedientPassage: page 108 “He swore at me and found fault with everything I did.”
133. Mrs. HubbardAmerican who constantly interrupts and creates diversions on the train.Known for her stories about her daughter.Mrs. Hubbard’s compartment is next to Ratchett’sDoesn’t care for non- AmericansPassage: page 117 “Seems as though you don’t do anything but make objections.”
1410. Greta Ohlsson Prone to crying and being emotional Very delicate SwedishWorks as a nursePassage: Theme Justice vs. judgement page 128 “That there are in the world such evil men! It tries one’s faith.”
1514. Princess Dragomiroff A Russian princess Despicable, ugly old lady Described as having a yellow, toad-like face by PoirotTraveling with her maidClaims to be Sonia Armstong’s Godmother (Daisy’s mother) Friend with Linda Arden (Grandmother of Daisy)Passage: pae 138: “In my view, then, this murder is an entirely admirable happening!”
1613. Count Andrenyi Hungarian Diplomat Defensive and protective toward his wife.Claims he and his wife were sleeping and did not hear anything.
1712. Countess Andrenyi Her passport has a smudge of grease on it. Young, dark-haired, and beautiful – Poirot describes as “jolie femme”
1815. Colonel ArbuthnotAdmits to have heard of Colonel Armstrong but Poirot suspects he actually knew him.Under suspect because Poirot heard him call Mary by her first name on the train. Later he claims he just met her.Hard-willed, polite and very “English”Smokes a pipe.Theme: Judgement vs. Justice - "Well, you can't go about having blood feuds and stabbing each other like Corsicans or the Mafia," said the Colonel. "Say what you like, trial by jury is a sound system." p. 156
1916. Cyrus Hardman Big, flamboyant American Secret identity - Detective from New YorkRatchett asks him to protect him.Gives evidence of a small dark man with a high pitched voice. No one on the train fits the description.Attempts to help Poirot with the caseTheme: Appearances can be deceiving. “Mr. Hardman sighed, removed the chewing gum, and dived into a pocket. At the same time his whole personality seemed to undergo a change. He became less of a stage character andmore of a real person.” page 161
205. Antonio FoscanelliBig, menacing Italian – very concerned with his business affairs. Likes to talk business.Bouc suspects Foscanelli of the murder.He is the first person who does not seem affected by hearing about the kidnapping.Theme: Appearances can be deceiving – “It is very respectable, very well dressed, but underneath it is all wrong.” p. 169
2111. Mary Debenham Former Governess Calm, cool, and unruffled. Has a suspicious conversation with Col. Arbuthnot.Theme: Using logic and reasoning – “If you will forgive my saying so, it seems somewhat of a waste of time. Whether or not I liked Mr. Ratchett’s face does not seem likely to be helpful in finding out who killed him.” p. 175
228/9. Hildegarde Schmidt Kindly face, does not look very bright Slow-minded and follows Princess Dragomiroff’s orders.Maid of the princessSees a different conductor coming out from one of the compartments, not Michel Pierre
23Pair and Share and PREPARE… With a partner, go back through chapters 1 – 13 from the characters’ interviews.Fill in any blank spots and add information that you feel is important to the case.Be prepared with your notes for Monday’s test!You will be asked to select one character who is most likely involved in the murder, and one character who is least likely involved. Make sure you have several pieces of evidence for each character you select for whether they are guilty or innocent.