In her detective fiction Agatha Christie created the characters of two memorable fictional detectives: Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Both have fascinated generations of readers and are models for most of subsequent detective fiction. I would like to examine whether they owe their popularity to their complexity or simplicity as character constructs.
The aim of the subchapter about Hercule Poirot is to present his characteristics. Not only his physical appearance, but also his personality and methods of solving the crime will be presented. The description will start with the detective`s early career in “The Third-Floor Flat” from the collection of short stories Poirot`s Early Cases (1974), and will follow through Death on the Nile (1937) and “Four and Twenty Blackbirds” from the collection The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (1960).
The next chapter will be devoted to Miss Jane Marple, an amateur detective. Her appearance, as well as her characteristics and techniques of solving mysteries, will be discussed. The description will be based on the analysis of “The Tuesday Night Club” (1927) from the collection of short stories The Thirteen Problems (1932), “Miss Marple Tells a Story” (1934) from the collection of short stories Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories (1979) and the novel A Murder is Announced (1950). The following chapter will include the comparison between the two detectives.