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About the Book
"And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie is a thrilling suspensful mystery that left me guessing. On each page there was a new surprise to be uncovered, and another misleading clue. Throughout the novel I was left wondering about whom the murderer could be. Each time my guess was dead wrong. This book is by far one of my favorites and absolutely my favorite mystery. There is never a slow moment. I now understand why Christie is "The Queen of Mystery". She wrote this novel in such a way that it was next to impossible to determine the murderer before the very last page of the book. She gave many supporting yet misleading incriminating and suspicious evidence against every single charcter. Another point would be how well develpoed not only the appearance of the charcters appear in your mind, but also their personalities, traits, pet peevs, adn how they interact amongst themselves. Although this thriller is obviously fiction, all the details and explanations make it seem as if this could actually happen in real life. The ending of the novel was fantastic! Instead of simply stating the perpatrator, she led you to believe one thing and completely did the opposite. No one, not even the world's greates detective, could have guessed how this would end and that is why "And Then There Were None" has been and will forever be, an amazing mystery and overall piece of literature.
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EXPOSITION- In the beginning of the novel the author gave a little background information on each of the characters. She told were each one was from and the relations they had with others in society. For example, Emily Brent was an elderly religious spinster that normally socialized with the well respected and conservattive types. She was very set in her ways and was considered self-righteous by the other characters and even called terrible for her lack of empathy for others. RISING ACTION- The book began with each of the characters recieving some kind of summoning to the mysterious Soldier Island. Each letter had some kind of interest or previous relationship that drew each of them in to meet at the same time and place. However, a recurring pattern began to form quickly. The signiture at the bottom of the note was nearly illigble, but when closely examined showed the name "U.N. Owen". After they arrived, they each noticed they had the same nursery rhyme poem hanging above the mantel in their rooms about ten little soldiers. At dinner that night, they met the Rogers'. They soon realized they had no previous knowledge of the others and began to become slightly suspicous at the absence of their host and the lack of knowledge the help had of their employer. After dinner that first night, the first death took place. Anthony Marston was found to be poisoned with Potassium Cyanide. It appeared to be a suicide, but was quite odd due to his confident nature. But before this event occured, a gramaphone recording accused each one of a murder that was untouchable by the court of law. All revealed their story and dark secret except for Brent. At the accusations, Mrs. Rogers fainted and was taken into the living area. She was given a sleeping tablet and sent to bed later. They all awoke to find her dead as well. The second death within 24 hours. No one believed it, especially since that appeared to be a suicide as well. The next death was that of General Macarthur, whom had quickly figured out that none of them were meant to leave and came to terms with the thought of death. He said it would be a relief so he would just remain where he was. Later that day at lunch Armstrong went to call him to come and eat, and found him dead as well. Murdered by a blow to the back of the head. The others realized at this moment that there really was a murderer with them on the island. So Armstrong, Lombard, and Blore searched the barren island top to bottom in search of the murderer. When they realized they were the only seven people on the island, it became clear that the murderer was one of them. So Justice Wargrave held a mock court to help determine and figure out who was behind it before the next murder occured. The next death was that of Rogers. When they all awoke the next morning they found Rogers missing from his room and went to search for him. They all found his lifeless body with an axe wound in the back of the head. At this moment, Vera Claythorne detered that the murders were following the "Ten Little Soldiers" poem in each of their rooms in a fit of hysteria. She was absolutely correct beacuse the next murder victim was the stiff Emily Brent. She died when she heard a buzzing bee in the room with her and realized she was next if the poem was being correctly followed. Her assailant snuck up behind her with a syringe and injected a lethal dose of cynanide into her neck. The next death was that of old Justice Wargrave. All the men were lured out of the room and into that of Vera's because of her terrible shrieking coming from her room. They found her petrified with fear and a piece of seaweed hanging from the ceiling. That was the feeling she had felt on her neck and not the hand of the murderer. But when they all returned to the living room the found Wargrave shot through the head with the stolen shower curtain draped around his shoulders like a robe and Brent's yarn fixed into a wig atop his head. They couldn't leave still due to the fact of the storm trapping them on the island so they each went to bed and barracaded themselves in their respective rooms. When Blore awoke to the sound of footsteps outside his door he went to investigate and found Armstrong missing. Blore and Lombard went to search for him and found yet another soldier missing from the center of the dining room table. For in teh beginning there were a total of ten and as the deaths occured, one by one the statuettes dissappeared. When they searched the island they found no sign of him or his body and went to inform Vera. Since thestorm had subsided, they went outside and sat atop a hill in the sun where they could see everything. They had decided Armstrong was the murderer and wanted to watch out for him. So around lunch Blore became hungry and went to find food when a bear statue fell onto his head from Vera's room killing him as well. After Vera and Lombard saw this they left and returned to the hill when they saw a mass of clothes in the ocean. They went to investigate, finding not clothes, but Armstrong's dead body. CLIMAX- Vera then realized that Lombard was the murderer and swiped his gun from him shooting through the heart as he lunged for her and the gun. She suddenly felt a great relief and sense of safety and returned to the house. She no longer felt afraid since she was the only one left on the island. When she returns to her room once more she finds a noose and chair prepared for her in the middle of the room. She proceeds to hang herself, completing the poem and string of murders. FALLING ACTION- When the detectives finally arrive at Soldier Island they find ten dead bodies. They are completely baffled by their findings and try to no avail to solve the mystery of the murders and one suicide. The epilouge ends with the detectives stating their theories, but they in the end decide they have no evidence to support any of this. RESOLUTION- The book ends with a note written by Wargrave stating that he was the murderer and only pretended to be shot in the head through the help of Armstrong. He explains his fascination and obsession of pulling of murder, and that of a murder on a grand scale. He explains how each murder was executed and the way he carefully planned each following the peom almost precisely. He put his letter in a bottle and but it in the sea to be later found by Scotland Yard. He also explained how he executed his own suicide to make it agree with the diaries written by some of the other guests.
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Christie realved the end of the novel in an extremely suprising and original manner. She once again fooled her audience with a shocking twist. She leads you to believe that Lombard was the murderer, but the whole time it was really Wargrave. She hinted that Lombard wasn't the true murderer when Vera Claythorne returned to her room after shooting Philip Lombard and found a noose with which she hung herself. She reveals the true killer through Wargrave's extensive and descriptive confession/ suicide note. He always seemed to be such a law abiding citizen and strict judge. He was often called a 'hanging' judge throughout the novel for his ability to completely sway the jury in their decisions. He wasn't well liked by Lombard for his authoritative way of leading a "court". This was expressed when Lombard whispered comments such as 'Court is now ajourned' and other comments of the like.
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1. Identify one or more specific concepts in this unit you found confusing. ~I didn't quite understand the Threshold in the Hero's Journey Circle. I was confused about what it was and when it occured and how you knew it occured. I wasn't sure whether it was when the hero began his journey or if it was his first real challenge or temptation arrived. 2.Do those concepts share anything in common with other concepts you have found confusing in the past? If so, what is common between them? ~I was also confused for quite a while on the plot line and the different parts of it as well. Because there are so many different and detailed pieces and steps to memorize I was very confused about what goes where, the order, and what constitutes as either the exposition or the threshold, etc. 3. Identify at least one concpet or skill you will devote more study and practice to. ~ I will devote more time to practicing and researching any material I don't fully understand. I will work to memorize the Hero's Journey Circle and the different phases and what each phase means. 4.How well were you able to budget your time during this project? Identify at least one thing you can do (starting today) to better manage your time. ~ I wasn't very successful at managing my time due to the fact that I procrastinate. To solve this I will write out a set schedule of what I need to do each day and how much I need to accomplish to achieve my goal. 5. If the last action you took to overcome a learning obstacle was not successful, explain why. ~ The last solution to my procrastination problem was unsuccessful, because first of all I didn't follow through with my plan of writing all assignments down to help remember them and their due dates, and because I never checked the notebook in which I wrote down my assignments.