Ever wonder what is going on in the mind of a murderer? One piece of literature that centers around murderers is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. The story takes place in the 1930’s on Soldier Island. Ten strangers trapped on the island are one by one killed off in accordance with the poem Ten Little Soldiers. The Tell-Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado, and Murderers are all literary works that give insight into the mind of a murderer like Christie’s classic book.
The Tell-Tale Heart was written in 1843 by Edgar Allen Poe. The short story is about a madman who murders an elderly gentleman due to his glass eye. The murderer continues to hear the decrepit man’s heartbeat even after he 's died and eventually is so overcome with madness and guilt that he gave himself up to the police. One similarity between this short story and And Then There Were None is that the murders take time and not in the spur of the moment. Every night for a week the murder in the Tell-Tale Heart would check in on the man at night to see if he was awake, then on the eighth night “When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little --a very, very little crevice in the lantern. So I opened it --you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily --until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye” (Poe). The main murderer in And Then There Were None was also patiently planned. The last fifteen pages or so of the story are the judge explaining how he set up the murders which included collecting the names of victims, acquiring an island, and getting the victims to the island: “ To...
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... seeing everyone else die, and to be with her lost love. Another similarity between the two is a cheating wife. In the poem, the person who is telling the poem is the one who cheats, but in the book General Macarthur 's wife cheats on him, “ Liar and hypocrite! Stealer of another man’s wife!” ( Christie 67). Love can drive someone to do things that they would not normally do such a send a man who sleep with his wife on a death mission or kill himself if their spouse cheats on them.
So what is going on in the mind of a murderer? Well according to these literary works murderers either plan ahead of time, like in And Then There Were None, Cask of Amontillado, and The Tell-Tale Heart, or kill in the heat of the moment like in Murderers. Also murderers are prone to hallucinations. Lastly, the rest that murderers kill can be for revenge, justice, love, or out of craziness.
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