And Then There Were None Essay

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1. Everyone on the island begins to lose their minds once people begin to die. For example, General McArthur begins to speak to Vera about, “waiting for the end” (pg. 81) and, “No one is leaving the island” (pg. 82) once Anthony Marston and Mrs. Rogers die. He is coping with the terror by trying not to care, and thinking about his dead wife Leslie. However, he is finally killed when sitting alone, watching the waves. His death causes even more chaos and terror among the remaining seven. Dr. Armstrong does not cope well either, and “breaks out into nervous torrents of speech” (pg. 136) and was a “pitiable condition of nerves” (pg. 136) until he was finally killed. He is pushed off a cliff and drowns.

2. Because this was a mystery novel, foreshadowing was very heavily used in the book. Foreshadowing is very useful in a mystery novel, because a mystery novel is all about suspense, and foreshadowing is a great tool to increase the suspense. One of the biggest foreshadows was the “big black hook” (pg. 148) on the ceiling of Vera’s room, which she will eventually use to kill herself. However, there were other examples of foreshadowing, including Vera’s first sight of Indian Island. She concludes it looks sinister (pg.16), and that hints at the troubles to come. Theres also the old man on the train that tells Blore that “his day of judgement is close at hand” (pg.11), which hints that Blore will soon die. And there's the very obvious “10 little indians poem” (pg. 22) which hints at the very near deaths of each of the guests on indian island.

3. Most everyone was shocked, defensive, and angry when there crime was announced to the guest. Everyone except Emily Brent. Emily Brent felt she “had nothing with which to reproach herself” (pg. 47) and sat “with her head high” (pg.32). It shows how unemotional and bitter Emily truly is. Mrs.Rogers, however, was obviously very shocked, so she “sceamed and hit the floor with a loud thud” (pg. 32) when the crime was announced. You can tell by this action she felt very guilty after the killing of Jennifer Brady.

4. As quick as lightning, Wargrave is labeled as a “froglike creature, with a tortoise neck” (pg. 24;beginning) which is interesting because that’s the first thing people notice about him. Wargrave is then also described “as hunched as a wary old tortoise” (pg. 135;middle) again, being compared to a turtle. And finally in the end, once Vera and Lombard feel like the last people in the word, she describes him as a “face as gruesome as a wolves. With horrible teeth”(pg 169;end)

5. Emily Brent is a stone statue during the accusation and really never accepts guilt. She believes its Beatrices own sins that cause her to drown herself. Emily Brent felt she “had nothing with which to reproach herself” (pg. 47) regarding the murder. When she is speaking to Vera she flashes back to the day of accusation ans said her accusation was“farfetched and ridiculous”(pg.71) It's also...

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