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The forms of address that Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot uses in The Mysterious Affairs at Styles
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to study the way in which Hercule Poirot addresses the characters in the book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and how he by doing that indicates his view of the characters’ social status and class. The essay discusses the theory of address forms and terms that Hercule Poirot uses when speaking to the different characters, depending on their rela-tionship, using terms such as tu and vous. Other terms of address that are also used are FN, LN, FNLN and so on. Since Hercule Poirot is a foreigner he makes use of both his native lan-guage's addressing rules and the English rules. The study also considers facts such as if the characters are married or unmarried, their age and their profession, which are facts that place the characters at different heights on the social ladder. Unmarried men have a higher social status than unmarried women. The essay also deals with how Hercule Poirot addresses the female and male characters. As a result the characters are placed on a social ladder from Poi-rot’s perspective by the way in which he addresses them, using both English and French forms of address.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, English linguistic, Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie, Addressing
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-43419ISRN: LTU-DUPP--03/28--SELocal ID: 14cf5101-a3fb-41b9-a6ca-768afc526c5aOAI: diva2:1016651
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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