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And Then There Were None

Murder-Mystery By Agatha Christie

Clare Shannon

on 10 May 2012

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Transcript of And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None Author: Agatha Christie
Murder Mystery Author
Born: 1890
Deceased: 1976
* Called the "Queen of Crime" because of her fabulous murder-mystery books
* She wrote the longest-running stage play in London, "The Mousetrap".
* Top-selling English-language author of all time. Setting: Indian Island in the late
1930's Theme: Justice
In this book, a main theme is
justice. The murderer is killing these
people because he feels justice needs
to be shown (all of the people were
involved with a death of someone). It is
important to learn about justice because
some people do not care about right and
wrong. People who read this book will
know what is wrong and what is right, and
that could help later in life. Climax: The death of Thomas Rogers, the butler of
the house the guests are at
When Thomas Rogers dies in the book, the guests start
realizing that the deaths are according to a poem they found,
"Ten Little Indians". In the poem, in each stanza, one Little
Indian dies of something. Thomas Rogers, the fourth to die,
is chopped in half. Before him, someone choked, one died in
their sleep, and one was hit in the head. When the guests find
his out, they start looking out for the next cause of death. Introduction & Rising Action
Introduction: Each guest receives a letter invinting them to Indian Island.
Rising Action #1: Everyone finds a poem in their room. The poem is "Ten Little Indians".
Many recall it from their childhood and expect it to be amusing and a little party
Rising Action #2: On the dinner table, ten little china figures supposed to look like Indians are discovered. Everyone is pleased that a theme is there: Indian Island, the "Ten LIttle Indians" poem, and now the figurines.
Rising Action #3: Tony Marston, a guest, chokes at dinner and dies that night. Some suspect poison, some suspect natural choking. Later, people realize there are only nine Indian figurines on the table.
First stanza in the poem: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Rising Action #4: Ethel Rogers, maid at the house and wife to Thomas Rogers, faints at the death of Tony Marston and is taken to bed. Late the next morning, Ethel isn't to be found. The guests find that she is in bed- dead. Many suspect the doctor, Dr. Armstrong (a guest), who gave here medicine to help her calm down. He denies it. Later, only eight figurines are on the table.
Second stanza in the poem: Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Rising Action #5: General Macarthur, a guest, is sitting by the sea and is then hit on the back of the head and dies. Earlier, he said he wanted to stay and watch the sea. No one has an accurate accusation of the murderer. Only seven figurines are on the table.
Third stanza in the poem: Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven. Falling Action & Resolution
Falling Action #1: The guests realize the murderer isn't their supposed host. It is one of those still alive! This scares all of them to death.
Falling Action #2: Out of fear of murder, everyone is especially kind a polite to one another. They hope that the murderer won't kill those whom they like.
Falling Action #3: After the death of Emily Brent, the guests decide to stay together, for fear of one seperating from the group and dying or murdering. Before Ms. Brent's death, the guests decided to discuss in the drawing room in a short time, and then went on their own for a while. When it was time to meet, Ms. Brent wasn't to be found. She is eventually found dead. Later, it is found out she was poisoned with what felt like a bee sting. The guests decide to stay together.
Fifth stanza in the poem: Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Falling Action #4: Deaths continue according to the poem: Justice Wargrave is shot in the head; Dr. Armstrong drowns; Mr. Blore's head is crushed. These all somewhat go according to the poem. This leaves two people on the island.
Sixth stanza in the poem: Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
*Justice Wargrave is found dead with a judge's wig
on and a red robe.
Seventh stanza in the poem: Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
*Dr. Armstrong is found dead, face first in the
(This death has somewhat to do with the poem)
Eighth stanza in the poem: Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
*A statue fell on Mr. Blore's head, thus it was
crushed. The statue was shaped like a bear's head.
Falling Action #5: Only two people are left: Philip Lombard and Vera Claythorne. Vera has a revolver, and she obviously thinks Philip is the killer, thus she shoots him. This doesn't follow the poem.
Ninth stanza in the poem: Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
Falling Action #6: Only one person is left: Vera Claythorne. She feels relieved and goes to her room to rest. When she gets there, she finds a rope and a noose with a chair under it. She wants to escape her guilt of the murder(s) she committed. She kicks away the chair and dies.
Tenth stanza in the poem: One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
Resolution: Justice Wargrave committed all the murders. There is a suicide note at the end explaining it. He, being a judge, wanted justice no matter what. He says he was crazy about murder and that he must do it. He wanted to kill with a twist: he found a poem and used that as a sort of guide. He faked his earlier death with the help of Dr. Armstrong. He put red mud on his forehead to look like he had been shot. He set up everything and killed everyone. In the end he shoots himself and dies. Character Trace: Vera Claythorne
Throughout the novel, Vera grows as a person.
At the beginning, she hardly feels any guilt of the
murder she committed. Later, on she keeps thinking
about it and has to stop herself in fear of feeling regretful.
In the end, she can't take it anymore and out of being
ashamed and feeling guilty, she hangs herself.
Also, she becomes braver, in a good and bad way. In the
beginning, she is slightly timid and scared. Near the end,
when there are only two people left, (herself and Lombard)
she shoots him. Of course, it's awful that she shot someone,
but a little good that she protected herself. She logically
thought Lombard was the killer since she knew she wasn't,
and she had a gun, so she shot him. Reactions: Great
This novel was fantastic. I loved the cleverness of it, the suspense,
and the surprising outcome! The book has made me want to read
more from Agatha Christie and other mystery books. This book sort of
makes one afraid and timid temproarily. I learned that these types of books
aren't meant to scare, as one might think, but merely to entertain. Each guest receives an invitation to Indian Island ~Each guest finds the poem "Ten Little Indians" in their room.~ 10 Indian figures are found on the table~ Tony Marston dies~ Ethel Rogers dies~ General Macarthur dies~ Setting: Indian Island, on the coast of Devon
in the late 1930's Author: Agatha Christie
Born: 1890
Deceased: 1976
~ "Queen of Crime" ~Guests realize murderer is one of them~ Everyone is unusually kind to each other~ Guests decide to stick together~ Wargrave, Armstrong, and Blore die~ Vera shoots Lombard~ Vera hangs herself~ Wargrave committed the murders And Then There Were None ~Everyone gets an invitation to Indian Island~ ~Everyone finds the poem "Ten Little Indians" in their rooms~ Ethel Rogers dies~ General Macarthur dies~ Rising Action Falling Action Climax ~Introduction Resolution Clare Shannon 8A Ten Indian figures are found on the table.~ * MAJOR CONFLICT: SOMEONE IS KILLING EVERYONE ON THE ISLAND*

Major Characters
Justice Lawrence Wargrave
DESCRIPTION: Retired Judge; ugly; "Hanging Judge" (he hanged many of those who were in court)
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Acts as a leader to help the others when Mr. Marston dies
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS He fools Armstrong into thinking he is helping him find the murderer. (Armstrong is his accomplice)
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: He is the murderer; he, as a judge, sent someone to death- Edward Seton; he faked his death earlier- he made it look like he was shot; at the end, he actually shoots himself and dies.
Vera Claythorne:
DESCRIPTION: Governess; Smart;
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Is scared to death and feels very guilty about the murder she brought about; gets hysterical about the deaths.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: She and Lombard have private conversations about who they think is the murderer and what they'll do and so on.
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: She is the supposed last one alive; she, as a governess, drowned the boy she taught so his relative could get his inheritance and marry her; she hangs herself out of guilt.
Philip Lombard:
DESCRIPTION: Former military captain; honest; brave
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Not afraid to suspect others; Doesn't necessarily act scared, but truly is a little.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: He and Vera talk to each other
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: One of the last two alive; he, as a military captain, left behind 21 soldiers to die so only he could escape; he is shot by Vera Claythorne (she thinks he is the murderer)
Mr. Blore:
DESCRIPTION: Former police inspector; bold; somewhat foolish
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT Wants to find out who it is; he was an inspector and wants to show it.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: He and Lombard act as "partners", somewhat, when only he, Vera, and Lombard are left.
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: One of the last three alive; he, as an inspector, arrested someone who was sent to death; he dies when his head is crushed by a statue
Dr. Armstrong:
DESCRIPTION: Current doctor; quiet;
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Wants to solve the mystery; isn't worried about being a victim.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Is an accomplice of Wargrave because he thinks he is trying to solve the mystery
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: One of the last four alive; he disappears and is later found head first in the water; he was an accomplice of Wargrave without knowing it (he thought Wargrave was planning on trapping the murderer); he, as a doctor, gave surgery when he was drunk and that person died
Emily Brent:
DESCRIPTION: Religious; old-fashioned;
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Prays because she fears death; is calm, and tries to calm the others
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: She and Vera talk to each other about the predicaments occurring
OTHER INTERSTING INFO: One of the last five alive; she sent one of her maids out onto the streets where she later died because the maid showed inappropriate conduct; she was poisoned and then died

Thomas Rogers:
DESCRIPTION: Servant in the house on Indian Island; dutiful;
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Is scared about dying, but acts as though he isn't and keeps doing his job
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Is married to Ethel Rogers; is a servant to everyone
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: One of the last six alive; he, along with his wife, had caused the death of someone who stood in the way of their inheritance of money; he is chopped in half
General Macarthur:
DESCRIPTION: Former military general; expects death
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: He is okay with the idea of dying, in a way; feels guilty about his murder he committed and wants to escape it.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Kept to himself; had a meaningful conversation with Vera about death
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: The third to die; he sent a soldier to a very dangerous part of war out of jealosy; he his hit on the back of the head and dies
Ethel Rogers:
DESCRIPTION: Maid in the house on Indian Island; quiet; timid;
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Terrified; doesn't want to be killedIs
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Married to Thomas Rogers; is a maid to the guests
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: The second to die; she and her husband killed a woman so they could get an inheritance; she is given a drug overdose and dies after she feels ill
Anthony Marston:
DESCRIPTION: Handsome; young; rich
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Has a positive attitude, doesn't mind everyone knowing of his past; doesn't expect to die
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Doesn't talk to many characters; he dies before he really meets anyone
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: The first to die; he was driving recklessly and hit two children that eventually died; he is poisoned and chokes
Isaac Morris:
DESCRIPTION: Made arrangements for the murderer on Indian Island; criminaI;
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: is in on the plan of the murderer; is confident he'll be alive
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Hires Lombard for a job on the island (the job is fake- it is a way to get him to the island)
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: Not a guest!; Drove a woman to suicide by giving her drugs
Sir Thomas Legge:
DESCRIPTION: Assistant Commissioner at Scotland YardIs
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: puzzled about the mysterious happenings
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Investigates with Inspector Maine
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: Not a guest!; Assistant Comissioner
Inspector Maine:
DESCRIPTION: Investigates Indian Island after the murders
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Is trying to figure out the who, and why of the murder(s)
OTHER INTERESTING INFO: not a guest!; Thinks he knows what happened and tries to convince Maine of his accusations
Fred Narracott:
DESCRIPTION: Ferry man; transports guests to island
ATTITUDE TOWARD MAJOR CONFLICT: Clueless to what will happen
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER CHARACTERS: Only drove people to the island; didn't talk much
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