An analysis of the novel and then there were none ten little indians by agatha christie

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Plot summary[ edit ] On a hot 8 August in the late s, eight people arrive on a small, isolated island off the Devon coast of England.

Each has an invitation tailored to his or her personal circumstances, such as an offer of employment or an unexpected late summer holiday. They are met by Thomas and Ethel Rogers, the butler and cook-housekeeper, who state that their hosts, Mr Ulick Norman Owen and his wife Mrs Una Nancy Owen, whom they have not yet met in person, have not arrived, but left instructions, which strikes all the guests as odd.

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After supper, a gramophone or "phonograph" record is played; the recording describes each visitor in turn, accuses each of having committed murder but escaping justice, and then asks if any of "the accused" wishes to offer a defence. They discover that none of them actually knows the Owens, and Justice Wargrave concludes that the name "U.

Owen" is shorthand for "Unknown". After the recording, Marston finishes his drink and immediately dies from cyanide poisoning. The remaining guests notice that one of the ten figurines is now broken, and the nursery rhyme appears to reflect the manner of death "One choked his little self and then there were nine".

By lunchtime, General MacArthur is found dead, from a heavy blow to his head. Two more figurines are found to be broken, and again the deaths parallel the rhyme.

Miss Brent relates the account of the gramophone charge against her to Vera Claythorne, who later tells the others. A search for Mr Owen shows that nobody else is on the island except the remaining seven. The island is a "bare rock" with no hiding places, and no one could have arrived or left; thus, they conclude that any one of the seven remaining persons is the killer.

Wargrave leads the group in determining that so far, none of them can definitively be ruled out as the murderer. The next morning, Rogers is found dead while chopping wood, and after breakfast, Miss Brent is found dead in the kitchen, where she had been left alone after complaining of feeling unwell; she had been injected with potassium cyanide via a hypodermic needle.

Wargrave then suggests searching all the rooms, and any potentially dangerous items they can think of are locked up. When Vera goes upstairs to take a bath, she is shocked by the touch and smell of seaweed left hanging from the ceiling of her room and screams; the remaining guests rush upstairs to her room.

Wargrave, however, is still downstairs.

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The others find him seated, immobile and crudely dressed up in the attire of a judge. Wargrave is examined briefly by Dr Armstrong and pronounced dead from a gunshot to the forehead. That night, Lombard appears surprised when he finds his gun returned to his room.

Blore catches a glimpse of someone leaving the house but loses the trail.

An analysis of the novel and then there were none ten little indians by agatha christie

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Key Facts. full title · And Then There Were None (originally published as Ten Little Indians). author · Agatha Christie. type of work · Novel. genre · Murder mystery. language · English. time and place written · , England.

date of first publication · publisher · G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

An analysis of the novel and then there were none ten little indians by agatha christie

narrator · The narrator is an unnamed omniscient individual. The “Ten Little Indians” Poem The “Ten Little Indians” rhyme guides the progression of the novel.

The singsong, childish verses tell the story of the deaths of ten Indian boys and end with the line that gives the novel its title: “and then there were none.”.

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