The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

In the novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, the narrator played a immensely important role in the telling of the novel. Dr. Sheppard the narrator, had the motive and opportunity to commence with the murder.

In the novel, the narrator starts by letting the reader into his mind. By being let into the narrator’s mind, trust is being built up. This is key because it makes the reader believe in what the Dr. Sheppard is saying. Leading up to the murder, there is a lot of information in his head that he is expressing to the reader except for parts of planning the murder. During the night of the murder, it is crucial that the trust is built up between the reader and the narrator in order for the mystery. When Dr. Shepard leaves out the fact that he indeed killed Roger Ackroyd, it makes the reader think that Dr.Sheppard had left the house already, adding to the importance of making sure that people knew he had left.

The narrator did show signs of being unreliable because of the fact that he left out important information. However, he did not directly lie to the reader but only that he left out where he had been and what he had done. For a narrator to be unreliable they have to offer little insight which Dr. Sheppard did not do. He let the reader into the investigation but merely hid his own actions. As Dr. Sheppard was narrating from his own perspective, he was able to bend his own picture of reality, but did not bend it for others. After comparing Dr. Sheppard to a unreliable narrator, he fits in with creating a distorted view and creating a false insight on the murder and would be considered an unreliable narrator. However, just because he leaves out a few pieces of information, it does not make him unreliable. He still tells the story in detail and you get a true sense of what is going on, making him reliable. The narrator in the book could be classified as a reliable narrator but to take everything he says with a bit of suspicion.

The role of the narrator also played a big part in the framing of Ralf Patton. When reading through the eyes of the narrator, it is very suspicious that Ralf left his hotel in a rush and has not been heard from or seen of since the time of the murder. If Dr. Sheppard were to have been entirely truthful, the readers would have known that Dr. Shepard involved himself with Ralf to make him seem like the murderer.

Overall the narrator’s role is necessary to mystery of the novel as without it, the book would be very different or not as interesting and exiting.

Hamlet’s personality

In the play Hamlet, the main character Hamlet can be seen as a fully-human character. Looking at the play and the language used shows that he is a human with strong emotions. In Hamlet’s first soliloquy in act one scene two, it really brings his emotions and his personality to the fore.

Hamlet starts off by being very intense and wanting to show how much anger he is feeling but without being physical and just using words. In the 1948 version of Hamlet, it does a very good job at this as Hamlet is just walking around thinking but without making much physical contact, really emphasising the words. This compare favourably to other versions where people would be yelling and screaming during his soliloquy. By both showing his anger or being docile, it shows his human personality as some people show their anger in aggression but others in words. A human would not be a human unless they have their own way of thinking from everyone else. “But break my heart, – for I must hold my tongue!” 1.2. 162. In this quote, it proves how ever much pain he is in, he must keep himself from unleashing his true pain. He also says he must hold his tongue, which can show he prefers to use words over being physical showing his personality.

There is connection between Hamlet and god in the soliloquy and how God is preventing him for doing what he wants. This is something that makes humans realistic is in their beliefs. As god is such a big and powerful figure to some people, it can control them against doing anything they might want to or can not do[, as] in the case of Hamlet. “Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d His canon ’gainst self-slaughter! O God! O God!” 1.2. 134-135. In this text, he is examining how the everlasting God had made it against the rules to commit suicide. This is also something that can prove how fully of a human he is in that he feels so much pain he is willing to end it. Also[,] the fact that he will not disobey God shows he feels he must follow even though he does not want to and that he shows great respect. This great respect this also shown earlier when he wants to go back to school but his mother says no and he agrees without a fight.

Overall, Hamlet is a fully-human character that shows human emotion and expresses his feelings extremely well through text and speech. He uses his words to express the way he feels about his mother being married so fast and that his father had died. Many plays need good acting to represent the emotions that the characters are feeling, but in Hamlet you can feel his pain and sorrow just in the first four lines of text in this powerful soliloquy.