Catalog :

Detail Article


ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 5 / No. 1 / Published : 2016-02

TOC : 4, and page :32 - 39

Related with : Scholar   Yahoo!   Bing

Original Article :

The trusted might become the traitor: a new critic reading of agatha christie’s detective story black coffee

Author :

  1. Zenda Maurista*1
  2. Titien Diah Soelistyarini*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

Detective story is a very popular genre in literature that is characterized by unique plot formula involving suspense and mystery that make readers keep on turning pages to find out what happen next. To identify the suspense and conflicts in detective story, this study analyzed Agatha Christie’s detective novel Black Coffee by applying the theory of New Criticism. This study aimed to identify the way the plot of the story revolved around the suspense that become the main interesting feature in a detective story. By analyzing the plot, this study was also expected to examine the characterization. The plot formula in the detective story is not similar to that of other literary genres as it contains not only suspense, mystery and complication, but also an element of surprise that makes readers unable to easily predict. Consequently, plot is the key element in a detective story as also shown from the analysis of Black Coffee. Along with the plot, characterization depicted in the novel has also helped to uncover the mystery since in detective story the crime is usually committed by the least suspected character in the story. In conclusion, this study on Black Coffee has shown that all the formal elements in the story have worked together to support the theme of “the trusted might become the traitor” and establish an organic unity.

Keyword :

plot, suspense, organic unity, formal elements, detective story,

References :

  1. Christie, Agatha, (1998). Black Coffee: Novel Edition. - : United Kingdom: HarperCollins
  2. Gill, Richard, (2006). Mastering of English Literature: Second Edition. - : New York: Palgrave
  3. DiYanni, Robert, (2000). Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. - : USA: McGraw - Hill Companies Inc


Archive Article

Cover Media Content

Volume : 5 / No. : 1 / Pub. : 2016-08
  1. Audience responses on indonesian idol talent show
  2. Sublimation of charlie in stephen chbosky’s the perks of being a wallflower
  3. The portrayal of beauty myth in me vs. high heels film by pingkan utari
  4. The trusted might become the traitor: a new critic reading of agatha christie’s detective story black coffee
  5. The concept of courage shown in lois lowry’s number the stars through the use of characterization and setting
  6. The representation of african americans in i am legend and world war z
  7. The commodification of islam in ustadz yusuf mansur’s product advertisement posted on yusuf mansur’s facebook fanpage
  8. Male university students’ perceptions toward the representation of masculinity in “l-men gain mass” commercial (albern sultan version)
  9. Participatory culture by lord of the rings fans: defining and perceiving new zealand in lotr movie trilogy
  10. The discourse of cannabis represented by lingkar ganja nusantara (lgn) in twitter account @legalisasiganja