Then There Were None Symbolism

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In life, everyone knows the feeling of being on the edge of your seat, waiting and waiting for it to happen. In the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, the characters think they were invited on a secluded island to have a fun time or to work on a job. Soon after they arrive, they think that Mr.Owen is trying to murder them. After a few murders they then realize that the murderer is one of them. Murders happen day after day. Christie uses flashbacks, foreshadowing, and symbolism to build suspense throughout the book. Throughout the story, symbolism is used to add complications to the plot. The 10 china soldiers were taken away every time someone died, so they were one of the key symbols throughout the story until everyone died.…show more content…
Vera thought about Cyril and Hugo before she went to bed and thought about memories with them. On page 87 it describes how Vera remembers Cyril asking why he can’t go out to sea and why he died, even though Vera swam out to catch him. Vera is denying to everyone and herself that she was responsible for his death. This adds suspense because it adds complications to the plot because now we know that she killed Cyril on purpose and not on accident. Next, Justice thinks about his case with Edward Seton and what he did to him. On page 80 it says,” That was what had made so good an impression on the jury.” This shows how Justice was guilty for the death of Seton because he had made a good impression on the jury but Justice still sent him to death. He did not deserve to die but Justice still sent him away because he did not like him. In And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie the craft moves are used to raise the stakes and add more complications to the plot. This causes the book to be more suspenseful and it is a key idea in this story because it helps make the story more compelling. In many scenes, the reader is left with questions to figure out like: Who is going to me murdered next? What is going to happen? There are many pieces of the book that are left unknown and this adds more suspense. While the reader knows who the murderer is, they still wonder: Would the book be the same without the suspense in
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