Why does Christie use Hastings, not Poirot, as the narrator of The A. B. C. Murders?
Christie uses Hastings rather than Poirot as narrator because Hastings's very average intelligence highlights Poirot's extraordinary abilities. Also, because Hastings witnesses what Poirot does but doesn't know how to interpret it, the reader's suspense builds. It is important to note that several chapters, though "written" by Hastings, are reconstructed in the third person, as Hastings was not there as an eyewitness. They are used to divert the reader from the real murderer.
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