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Analysis

Literary Devices in And Then There Were None

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

Soldier Island is a fictional island that just so happens to be based off of a real place, Burgh Island on the South Devon coast. Not only does Burgh Island contain a suitably large mansion, but th...

Narrator Point of View

For the most part, And Then There Were None operates from a third person narrator who observes everything that is happening on Soldier Island as it unfolds. However, the third person narrator als...

Genre

Mystery And Then There Were None is only one of the most famous mystery stories of all time, so it would only make sense that it would fit in this genre. The novel is a classic whodunit (kind of li...

Tone

What else can you really say about a narrator who watches all ten people on an island without about as much interest as you watch the Olympic curling qualifiers? The characters may gasp and moan wh...

Writing Style

Seriously, even the title of And Then There Were None is suspenseful. The whole novel is a thrilling page-turner, practically forcing us to stay up too late flipping pages to find out who’s the...

What's Up With the Title?

The title of And Then There Were None is pretty straightforward: it’s the last line of the nursery rhyme that Wargrave uses as a handbook for his crime: One little soldier boy left all alone;H...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

Ten little soldier boys went out to dine;One choked his little self and then there were Nine.Nine little soldier boys sat up very late;One overslept himself and then there were Eight.Eight little s...

What's Up With the Ending?

How’s this for an ending: police officers find ten dead bodies on the island and clear evidence that someone else killed them. What are they supposed to do with that? Luckily, Christie clears th...

Tough-o-Meter

Things can get a little archaic in a Christie novel (after all, who’s up-to-date with proper early 1900s British-isms?) but for the most part, And Then There Were None is pretty easy to follow....

Plot Analysis

At the very beginning of the book, ten strangers are on their way to a fantastic place called Soldier Island, which doesn’t sound quite as nice as, say, Baja, but hey! Islands are cool. They’re...

Trivia

In And Then There Were None, several of the characters die from being poisoned. In real life, Agatha Christie qualified as a dispenser and learned about different poisons. Don’t eat first at din...

Steaminess Rating

Even though this is a book full of grown adults hanging out in an island mansion, And Then There Were None is about as warm as a tepid sitz bath. Perhaps it’s because all of the characters are B...

Allusions

Nothing to see here. And Then There Were None may take place in England the early 1900s, but as far as literary and historical references go, it might as well take place in outer space.
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