And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie tells a story of eight party guests and two housekeepers trapped on Indian Island, and one of them is a murderer. When the guests and housekeepers are invited to Indian Island by Una Nancy Owen, they gladly accept. However, there are three main problems; no one knows who Una Nancy Owen is; each of the ten people have a dark secret, they are all murderers; and one of the guests is on a mission to murder all of the inhabitants of Indian Island, including himself. Agatha Christie uses hysterical emotion from murder, suspense, and a tragic and satisfying ending to skillfully develop And Then There Were None.
Agatha Christie uses distraught emotions to develop characters, twisting them in ways they usually would not bend. For example, it is probably not feasible in a normal scenario that the calm and usually cheerful Vera Claythorne would steal Phillip Lombard’s revolver and turn on him (Christie, 2004). The people on Indian Island fear the murderer among them and are willing to do acts that they never expected to commit, not to mention that some of the inhabitants were already being haunted by their terrible crimes. Another example includes their food and eating habits. When the guests arrive on the island, their morale is high, and they eat a very expensive and well-prepared meal together; but as And Then There Were None’s story continues, their food becomes less impressive, such as canned meat; and eventually, some guests refuse to eat at all (Christie, 2004), which lead to a decline in morale. Their food represents the emotional and psychological “downhill spiral” that all of the inhabitants of Indian Island were caught up in. Another example could include the storm: throughou…
…ding to perfectly establish And Then There Were None. And Then There Were None is considered to be Agatha Christie’s greatest work. It is popular and will continue to be popular because it captures the readers with its appeal to a large age group; ease of understanding; and a perfect execution of the context and plot. And Then There Were None is pure justification for why Agatha Christie is called “The Queen of Mystery.”
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