Hercule Poirot Vs. Jane Marple
Case study between the two famous detectives by Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot & Jane Marple
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Hercule Poirot Vs. Jane Marple
CASE STUDY ON AGATHA CHRISTIE’S
MOST FAMOUS DETECTIVE CHARACTERS-
POPULAR LITERATURE PROJECT ON-
Agatha Christie's first novel The
Mysterious Affair at Styles was
published in 1920 and introduced the
detective HERCULE POIROT, who
appeared in 33 of Christie's novels and
54 short stories.
JANE MARPLE was introduced in The
Thirteen Problems in 1927 (short stories)
and was based on Christie's
grandmother and her "Ealing
cronies". Miss Marple appeared in 12 of
All over the world, in almost every modern language, mystery
fans know the familiar figures of Agatha Christie's famous
sleuths Miss Jane Marple and detective Hercule Poirot. Close
to eighty, tall and thin with "china-blue eyes," Miss Marple is
the proper English gentlewoman, but with a penchant for
gossip. Poirot, on the other hand, is a short, little man with a
waxed and twirled moustache who fled to England from his
native Belgium during the World War I. Apart from physical
appearance and nationality, Christie's two sleuths have much
in common: both are exceptions, detectives sharing an acute
sense of human nature and remarkable power of reasoning.
These traits contribute to their unfailing success in unraveling
one complex mystery case after another. The exploits of these
two detectives have not been confined to novels alone. Their
popularity has led to the filming, broadcasting, and staging of
“Always i am right. It is so invariable that it
startles me. But now it looks, it very much
looks, as though I am wrong. And that
upsets me. Presumably, you know what
you are saying. It is your murder!
Fantastic, then, that Hercule Poirot should
know better than you do how you
- ‘Cards On The Table’
• Belgian private detective character created by Agatha
• First appearance in ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’
published in 1920.
• With his signature moustache carefully trimmed and
waxed, used his "little gray cells" (brains) to solve the
most baffling crimes.
• Last appearance in ‘Curtain’ published in 1975.
• He doesn't have any disorders to speak of, but
demands order. He likes things in an orderly manner
and approves of symmetry everywhere.
• Poirot also values method--to him the greatest
method or tool in solving crime is using the "gray cells"
of the brain.
• The English actor David Suchet has been portraying
Hercule Poirot on television for 19 years.
• First fictional character ever to receive front page
news coverage in the New York Times (in this case, it
happened to be his obituary).
• He derides such methods as examining footprints,
collecting cigarette ash, searching for clues with a
magnifying glass, or taking fingerprints. He says any
crime can be solved with simply placing the puzzle
pieces correctly. He is an armchair detective-- he has
to simply "sit still in an armchair and think".
• Of course, Poirot's mustache is as famous as his
"little gray cells". He has pride is his luscious, waxed
black mustache and is always meticulously dressed
down to his patent leather shoes.
Hercule Poirot Is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective;
Hercule Poirot, the Detective, Dies
“Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who became internationally
famous, has died in England. His age was unknown. The news of
his death, given by Dame Agatha, was not unexpected. Word that
he was near death reached here last May.”
Included with the news article was a reprint of a portrait of Poirot.
It was painted by the British painter W. Smithson Broadhead
(1888-1960) for "The Sketch" magazine in 1923.
“She’s the worst cat in the village,” said
Griselda. “And she always knows every
single thing that happens—and draws
the worst influences from it.”
- ‘The Murder at the Vicarage’
• British amateur detective character created by Agatha
• First appearance in ‘The Tuesday Night Club’ (short story)
published in 1926. First appearance in a full-length novel
in ’The Murder at the Vicarage’ in 1930.
• Character of Miss Marple based on Christie's step
grandmother, or her Aunt (Margaret West), and her
• Last appearance in ‘Sleeping Murder’ published in 1976.13
• The elderly spinster from the fictitious village of St.
Mary Mead, Miss Marple (as she is affectionately known)
is a tall, thin woman of between 65 and 70 years of age.
• She has white snowy hair, pale blue eyes, and a pinkish
wrinkled face. Two of her hobbies (and subjects of
conversation) are bird watching and gardening, and she is
often seen carrying knitting needles and yarn.
•Her methods of crime-solving are based on the belief
that "human nature is much the same everywhere"--and
certainly easy to study people in a small village such as
St. Mary Mead. In her stories, Marple draws parallels
with someone she knows in the village to someone
involved with the crime. 14
• Never married, Miss Marple has a young nephew
Raymond who is a novelist.
• She can always know how someone reacted in any
crime because of what the village- counterpart did.
When not gossiping and solving mystery, her pastimes
were gardening, bird watching, and knitting.
• In Vicarage, she's described as "the worst cat in the
village" who spends plenty of time gossiping. She's a
meddling busybody who uses binoculars to "spy" on
the residents of St. Mary Mead, pretending to go
• She spends time in the garden, listening in on
conversations of the folks passing by. She's shrewd, too,
and has "an uncanny knack of being always right.“
•Like Hercule Poirot, Marple has methods and manners
that put people off their guard and so they
underestimate her. Being in the background (as it were)
and being chatty enables her to learn of people.
• Agatha Christie described in her autobiography that
Marple "was born at the age of sixty-five to seventy" and
was born from the character of Caroline Sheppard from
the famous Poirot novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
Poirot and Miss Marple wouldn't entertain our
lives without the life of Agatha Christie.
Hailed as the "Queen of Crime", Agatha
Christie has been only sold out by William
Shakespeare and the Holy Bible. With billions
of her books in print the world over, many
critics regard her as the principal author of
the Golden Age of Mystery. She seems to be
the only mystery writer that is read in high
schools throughout the United States, thanks
to her spectacular novel And Then There
Were None/Ten Little Indians. She is the
creator of The Mousetrap, the longest-
running play of modern theatre.
Agatha Christie has contributed more than just
Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple to literature. She
has allowed us to enjoy the exploits of young and
adventurous women, a stolid Scotland Yard man,
a mystery writer in the self-image of Christie
herself, and other colorful and memorable
characters. She has also given us some terrific
plays, most notably The Mousetrap, Ten Little
Indians, and Witness for the Prosecution. She has
fascinated us with her bestselling novel not
starring Poirot nor Marple: And Then There Were
None, the world's best-selling mystery ever. We
get to see Agatha the person through such works
as her poetry, her romance novels, and her
All group members.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Dr. Gauri Misra for giving us this project.
We learnt a lot through it.