Essay on The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

713 Words Oct 14th, 2016 3 Pages
In Agatha Christie’s novel nothing is what it seems to be, the limits between reality and fiction are blurring and real. The British mystery writer’s acclaimed novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd integrates the subtle narratological techniques by means of which a special narrator-reader connection is created. This interrelation allows us to enter a parallel dimension where deductions, details and misleading pathways play a starring role. The idea of truth in this novel seems to be subjective and is able to be twisted while not actually becoming a false statement.
The novel mainly uses the technique of disguise: Sheppard masquerades as someone unlikely to be a murderer. But this is taken to higher level as the method of concealment is doubled: the murderer is concealed in the narration itself. How this is done is the through first-person narration. The reader normally takes the word of mouth from the narrator as the universal truth but since the narrator himself was the murderer he was able to deceive the reader in a way that bended the truth but never was a complete lie. This effect is heightened by other methods that are essentially used to facilitate the production of illusion. One method being double edged discourse or statements that have two completely different things. Think of it as a Two Level Theory, there is the surface level meaning the surface level is what things appear to be such as words or actions and the deeper hidden level are what the characters are hiding…

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