And Then There Were None
Would you travel to a remote island to stay in a mansion with ten other strangers? Well in Agatha Christie’s chilling murder mystery novel, And Then There Were None, this is exactly what happens. In this classic work, Christie creates a masterpiece of mystery and murder. After ten strangers gather together on an isolated island off the coast of Devon, England, one by one, they each are discovered murdered. As those remaining frantically search for the murderer, they discover the real reason why they have been called to the island. Christie’s novel is a success because she creates an appropriate mood, the pointed of view changes, fantastic imagery is created, and there is symbolism.
As the guests get settled in the house and get to know each other, a recoding mysteriously begins to play throughout the house with the host nowhere in sight. No one knows who turned it on but the guests soon find out that everyone in the house has a guilty past. The guests also notice a poem titled, Ten Little Indians, which rhymes about the deaths of ten Indians. Also in this house are ten figurines of little Indians. Ironic? None of the guests know the true purpose of this meeting or know the mysterious host but one by one, the guests are creatively assassinated.
The novel is told from the point of view of all the guests, one who might be the murderer of the others. This really adds to the excitement of the novel. It allows the reader to view the situation at hand through a different character and essentially a new pair of eyes. It is a strength and adds in a positive way because it is somewhat unique. With the switching of narrators, the novel stays fresh and makes reading more entertaining. Christie’s writing style entangles her audience in the plot and forces her readers to stay focused on the murders.
While reading this book, readers may experience a case of the goose bumps. This is mainly contributed by the serious and suspenseful tone that...