Analysis Of And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie

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“The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks,” according to the great novelist, C.S. Lewis. The quote can describe Justice Lawrence Wargrave, a man in a position of power. In And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, ten visitors must attempt to survive Soldier Island and cope with their dark pasts, but some are more dangerous than others. One example of this is Justice Wargrave. Out of the party on Soldier Island, Justice Lawrence Wargrave is the most atrocious due to the lust to kill on the island through the murders, order of death, and manipulation. Justice Wargrave is a diabolical human being through his uncontrollable ambition to murder. When Justice condemns and torture guilty criminals, their doom was an exquisite pleasure (Christie 286). Instead of repulsion, he embraces the sick delight which accompanies, the struggle and anguish. Through his enjoyment of torment, the reader can infer Justice is the most unrighteous character. Another instance of Justice’s dark feature is through the lust to kill: “I wanted to kill…Yes, I wanted to kill…” (Christie 288). He recognizes the psychological issues, and instead of combating the vice, he welcomes the sadistic attribute. Through this, the reader can understand that Justice is not well and psychopathic. Overall, Justice’s enjoyment of torture and lust to kill, ultimately, present him as the most wicked being. Through the position of Justice’s

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