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2f Assignment 4
Choose either A or B
”A Chess Problem”
“A Chess Problem” from 1920 is one of Agatha Christie’s classic crime stories in which Hastings narrates the story of how Poirot uses his logical powers to solve the mystery of an incomprehensible crime. This plot defines the different main characters such as the head detective, the detective’s friend and the material for plots which characterize “The Golden Age” of crime fiction. As readers we all know that we’re playing the same role as the detective’s friend, because we’re asking the same questions as the detective’s friend, in this case, Hastings. This essay will take a closer look at the main characters and how they characterize “The Golden Age.”
This paragraph represents the classic roles in a partnership from “The Golden Age” of crime fiction: “Poirot examined the table with what seemed to me quite unnecessary attention.” (Page 50, l. 19 – 20) According to Hastings, Poirot is paying unnecessary attention to the table. Hastings doesn’t think that Poirot’s examination has any relevance for the detection of the case, but Poirot was exactly on the scent of a very important clue. This paragraph testifies the roles between the omniscient detective and the detective’s friend, because Hastings doesn’t discover the importance of the chess table. The author exhibits Hastings as the less intelligent person in the partnership, and thereby he makes Poirot’s brilliant intelligence shine through even more. This partnership is therefore one of the classic characteristics from “The Golden Age.”
The story also provides detailed descriptions of the story’s main characters and does it in a way so the reader can relate to the genre; crime fiction. Therefore the reader gets the description of Poirot through Hastings’ observations of him, which appears in this paragraph: “It was so long since he had shown any…...

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