And Then There Were None   Leave a comment

For a project in my class, we are finding monstrosity in literature.  I chose to focus on the monsters in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.  I could’ve written a paper on any one of Christie’s book, but this one is my all time favorite.  My goal in life is to read all of her books at least once.  I highly recommend reading this book.  Even though I have told you who the murderer is, it is still an incredible book.  Also, do not watch the movie first.  The ending is different, and it is not nearly as good as the book.

In this book, ten people are invited to stay on an island for the weekend.  They are all offered some sort of job on this island, and they will all be working for Mr. U.N. Owen, or by a stretch of the imagination, Mr. Unknown.  When they arrive on the island, they find that their host has not arrived yet.  As they are sitting in the dining room, one of the guests puts on a record, and a voice accuses all of the guests of committing a murder.  As the weekend progresses, the guests are murdered one by one according to the nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indians.  The poem reads:

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;

One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;

One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;

One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;

A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Indian boys going in for law;

One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea;

A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;

One got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone;

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

In this book, every one is a murderer.  However, the person who kills them all is a judge wanted to commit the ultimate murder and the ultimate justice.  He chooses his victims wisely.  He does not want to kill an innocent person.  I think this idea is very unique.  This book also raises the question: is it wrong to kill a murderer?

In the chapter following the epilogue, you read the Judge’s confession.  He explains how he committed his murders, and why he did it.  Then he takes his confession and puts it in a bottle.  He throws the bottle into the ocean with the hopes that someday someone will find it.  He doesn’t do this because he feels guilty.  He does this because he knows that no one knows what happened on Indian Island, and he wants the credit.  He wants to know that there is a slight possibility that someone will find out that he was the mastermind behind the murders.  But for now, all that is left is ten dead bodies and an unsolved mystery on Indian Island.

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Posted November 23, 2011 by heffner14 in Uncategorized

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