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And Then There Were None

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Jose Fuentes

on 5 March 2013

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Summary: And Then There Were None 8 strangers get invited to Soldier Island. Phillip Lombard and William Blore think they were hired to prevent trouble; Vera Claythorne thinks she has been hired to be a secretary; Dr. Armstrong thinks he has been hired to look after the wife of the island’s owner; Emily Brent, General Macarthur, Tony Marston, and Justice Wargrave think they were invited to visit friends from the past. Once they get there, they are greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, however they were not the host or the hostess, they were the butler and housekeeper. Mr. Rogers informs that Mr. Owen, the "owner" of the island, is not going to arrive until the next day. However, things get odd when they all share their stories on why they got invited to the island and those stories seem to contradict themselves. Favorite Quote "I did not tell the doctor of my decision - that my death should not be a slow and protracted one as it would be in the course of nature. No, my death should take place in a blaze of excitement. I would live before I died" (Christie 292). Evaluation of the Novel: In my opinion, the novel was really interesting and because of the mystery involved in the story I couldn't stop reading it until the end. The way it was written gave me so many clues that made me think of every single detail to try to figure out who was the murderer. I also really liked how I had to read the whole book to finally find out who was the murderer. This is officially my favorite book and the best one I've read so far, and I think everyone should read it. Quote Paraphrase: The murderer had a friend that told him everything about unpunished criminals, so he decided to kill them because ever since he was a kid he had a desire for killing and justice. However, he decided that he should take his life after doing it because that would be the most exciting moment of his life. Analysis of a Symbol: Antagonist: U.N. Owen (unknown) is the mastermind behind the whole story. In his confessions he explains how he always had the desire to kill people, however he never had the opportunity to do it because he also believed in the law; he didn't want innocent people to die. He decided that he wanted to kill in a very created way to satisfy his thirst for blood. Overall, you can conclude that he is a mentally sick person and is just crazy. By: Agatha Christie Published: November 6, 1939 Summary Continued... Mr. Owen never arrives and a recorded voice coming out of a gramophone accuses all of them of some crime; that night one of them dies. Then, they notice a rhyme that is written on a piano that talks about little soldiers dying one by one; they all agreed that it was just a coincidence. Two others die just like the rhyme predicted and they realized that one of them must be Mr. Owen. However, they didn't accept that the deaths were similar to the rhyme until two more of them died. Finally, all ten of them end up dying pretty close to what the rhyme said, and effectively one of them was actually the murderer, however his identity is unknown until the last part of the book; it is supposed to be a letter written with all the confessions and it was put in a bottle and thrown to the ocean for someone to find it someday. One of the symbols shown in this novel is obviously the Soldier Boys rhyme. Each soldier boy in the rhyme represents each one of the guests. There is also a little table with china figures that each time someone died one of the little figures disappeared. This symbol is mentioned throughout the whole story; specially when all the guests, that haven't died, realize there may not be a way out of this. Flat Character: Mrs. Rogers was never fully described, and she had a consistent personality. She was introduced as the housekeeper, but after that she didn't show any emotion and talked very little. She was also the second one to die and one of the last ones to get introduced, so she wasn't really involved in the whole story as much as the others. "I wanted something theatrical, impossible! I wanted to kill . . . Yes, I wanted to kill. . ." (Christie 289). "'It's the wife, doctor. I can't get her to wake. My God! I can't get her to wake. And - and she don't look right to me'" (Christie 93). Simile: When there were 5 of them left in the house, the author describes them as less like human beings. "He was like a beast at bay ready to charge its pursuers" (Christie 211).
"Like a wary old tortoise, Mr. Justice Wargrave sat hunched up, his body motionless, his eyes keen and alert" (Christie 211). Symbolism: There is a storm that prevents everyone from entering or leaving the island. It symbolizes the terrifying events that are going to happen in the house, and it also sets a scary mood to the story. "Outside the rain poured down and the wind howled in great shuddering gusts against the windowpanes" (Christie 167). Hyperbole & Personification "Aeons passed . . . worlds spun and whirled . . . Time was motionless . . . It stood still - it passed through a thousand ages . . . No it was only a minute or so . . ." (Christie 262). Agatha Christie uses a hyperbole to make the point that every minute seemed really long, and she also gave time the trait of being still and motionless. Setting: In the first page of the book the setting is introduced when Mr. Justice Wargrave received a letter to get invited to the island and read information about it in the newspaper The Times. "He went over in his mind all that appeared in the papers about Soldier Island. There had been its original purchase by an American millionaire who was crazy for yachting - and an account of the luxurious modern house he had built on this little island off the Devon coast" (Christie 1). Book vs. Movie Similarities: The murderer, the setting, the order in which they died, the way they died, the murderer's purpose of killing everyone, and the characters. Differences: Characters weren't introduced, some of the names of the characters were changed but represented the same ones, and the biggest difference is the end; it ended like a fairytale because instead of everyone dying two of them survived.
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