Agatha Christie Isolation

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“You are charged with the following indictments… Prisoners at the bar, have you anything to say in your defence?” (Christie 47). Agatha Christie is known as the Queen of Mystery and one of the Best-Selling Novelists of all time. One of her publications, And Then There Were None, was the world’s best-selling mystery novel after it’s release. This book was published in 1939 and takes place on Soldier Island off the coast of Devon, England. Ten strangers were deceived into staying on this island for a week by an unknown killer. The ten guests were murdered one by one, until there is no one left. During their stay, each guest was accused of murder, trapped on the island, and faced with the guilt from their past. The setting Agatha Christie created …show more content…

At the beginning of the story, a recording played that stated the murders each individual committed. Although they were accused of murder in the same way, Macarthur did not react the way Vera did. Unlike Vera, Macarthur admitted to murder he committed. The night of the recording, Macarthur found himself alone with his thoughts and could not sleep; he was honest with himself and mentioned how “It gathered slowly-that cold murderous rage” (Christie 83). Macarthur knew what he did was inhumane, which led to his guilty conscience keeping him up at night. Even though he accepted his past actions, he still exhibited a guilty and regretful tone. Later in the book, the character’s realized that no boats would be able to reach the island due to the storm. This frightened most of the guests, but made Macarthur lash out against other characters. While discussing how they will escape the island, Macarthur told two other men that “This is the end, you see- the end of everything” (Christie 103). Macarthur knew that none of them would escape the island because they were brought there to be punished for their pasts. The guilt he faced led him to the conclusion that he deserved to be killed like the other guests, and he accepted this. On the day of his death, he mentioned to Vera that he was not afraid to die, he said “The blessed relief when you know that you’ve done with it all- that you haven’t got to carry the burden any longer” (Christie 129). The “burden” Macarthur is referring to is guilt. Once one dies, they do not have to live with their guilt any longer, Macarthur sees this as a relief. The realizations Macarthur came to, his acceptance of murder and death, occurred because he had time to think by himself. Without the loneliness the setting created, he never would have thought about or accepted the guilt from his actions. Therefore, Macarthur is another

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