And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Essay

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Imagine knowing how you would die. Paranoia? Schizophrenia? Insomnia? All of these feelings would set in as you sat waiting to be the next victim. Ten Little Indians, published as And Then There Were None when it débuted in America, brought a wonderful sense of mystery into the life of the American. Written by Agatha Christie, it was published in 1939 as a fiction murder mystery. The story is set on an island off the coast of Devon, England during the thirties. Ten Little Indians is a classic murder mystery, which involves ten unsuspecting average people. While it seems that one of these people would be the main character, everyone is equally important in shaping the story.
The ten characters range from a retired judge to a mercenary
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During the first dinner on the island, each of the ten guests is accused of murdering a person.
Consequently, the guests, one by one, are mysteriously murdered. The guests that remain soon realize that all of the deaths are linked to one thing: the nursery rhyme located in each of the bedrooms in the house. Unbelievable as that may be, the guests begin to turn on each other becoming very paranoid and suspecting everyone that poses a threat. And Then There Were None keeps the reader guessing until the very end when the unlikely subject, Justice Wargrave, the retired judge, is the mastermind behind the mass murders. Through his sense of justice and longing to invent the perfect murder mystery, Wargrave succeeded in killing all nine guests going unsuspected. In his confession, he describes how he constructed his perfect murders and how he killed himself so that no inspector could solve the mystery. The strange mystery of Indian Island remains unsolved for the detectives, but the guilt of knowing the murderer will linger on the reader’s lips. A technique that Christie uses is the insight on the characters thoughts. Ten Little Indians is written in third person omniscient, meaning that you can hear all of the characters’ thoughts. This point of view gives you a good perception of how the characters feel about the other guests and their surroundings. Christie uses this technique, but does not allow the reader to know which
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