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Essay On And Then There Were None By Vera Claythorne

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Fear is an interesting feeling fueled by our mind and imagination. In the book And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Vera Claythorne and Doctor Armstrong find out just what fear can make a person think and do. Vera Claythorne has always been haunted by her past. The gramophone spilling her secret didn’t help. She can remember very clearly the time she allowed Cyril Hamilton to swim to the rock, drowning in the process. This has her in constant fear, not to mention the others are dropping like flies around her. She believes Cyril will come back to life to haunt her and get revenge. This was shown on page 218 when she reacts to the seaweed, ”And then, as she stood there, listening-a cold clammy hand touched her throat-a wet hand smelling of the sea. Vera screamed. She screamed and screamed-screams of the utmost terror-wild desperate cries for help.” She believed it was Cyril’s drowned hand trying to choke her. These thoughts combined with the paranoia of possibly being the next person to die made her almost go…show more content…
No one would suspect a thing if she died while being operated on, but now that the secret was out, he gradually became more and more paranoid and almost lost his nerve. On page 212, Agatha Christie wrote, “Armstrong was in a pitiable condition of nerves. He twitched and his hands shook.” His paranoia made him make a rash decision. He wanted to stay alive as long as he could, so he teamed up with Wargrave. Armstrong believed Wargrave’s plan of faking a death would weed out the killer, therefore letting them all get off the island. He had no idea the killer would be the man he teamed up with because he was certain in his own mind the killer was Lombard. This conclusion, though, had been made out of fear, so there had not been much thought behind it. This ultimately led to his downfall when Wargrave baited him outside and pushed him into the heaving
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