Miss Marple

A feminist icon

Older women don’t get the easiest time. Once woman aren’t desirable sexually, they aren’t given much value in society. This is especially true for women who aren’t married and don’t have children which is the case for Miss Marple.

Miss Marple is a fictional character from Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novels. Instead of being a clumsy, blithering, nattering old woman, she is very intelligent and ends up solving the murder in question. Throughout Christie’s books. she challenges the old woman stereotype. These characters often hold key information, figure out mysteries or in some cases are the murders themselves. Miss Marple’s worth doesn’t depend on a man or the progression of her children, instead it depends on her intellect often essential to the police.

Marple’s amateur detective role doesn’t give her overtly masculine qualities. In fact, she uses her nosiness, understanding of domestic life and over-observing to her benefit. She doesn’t pretend to be someone she isn’t. A woman doesn’t need to act like a man to be a detective, she has her own vices.

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