And then there were none. paper - RaviSchwartz Mrs.Reed HonorsLiterature 19May2016 (Maybe byAgathaChristie,.Thisstory

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Unformatted text preview: Ravi Schwartz Mrs. Reed Honors Literature 19 May 2016 I May or May Not Have Been Responsible for That in a Possibly Indirect Way.(Maybe) ​ And Then There Were None,​ by Agatha Christie, is one of her most famous works. This story has a total of ten main characters that have all attributed in some way to the murder of a human being. As the story unfolds the reader discovers more about each character and their alleged crime. One by one they are murdered themselves until ­­as one might suspect by the title­­ they are all killed. The only question left for the reader to ask is whether the characters were actually responsible for the murder they were accused of, or was this some failed and misguided attempt at taking the justice system into one’s own hands. Because there are a just too many characters to look at them all individually, this paper will only cover some of the more important, or controversial characters. To start it’s only proper that the first of the murders are looked at Anthony (Tony) Marston. The reader learns that he has a very reckless nature which carries over to his driving; consequently he accidentally ran over two children. He is exempt in court because it was both an accident and the children ran out in front of him. However the fact that after this event he has refused to learn and continues to act and drive recklessly gives the reader some insight into his character, yet whether or not he is sorry for what he has learned from his past does not change what he was responsible for only that he has not accepted responsibility. This character, out of the ten, has been determined by the killer to be the least responsible for his murder. It is said that he never had a chance to learn responsibility because of his upbringing and thus is shown “mercy” by being killed the first. Even if a legal court deems a person innocent that does not always clear them of responsibility, but in some cases ­­this being one of them­­ it shows a lack of legal grounds for conviction or, a lack of evidence as is evident in some of the other characters cases. In the case of Vera Claythorn the question of the characters responsability is a little less in question. By the time of Vera’s death the reader is most likely to consider her responsible for her murder. Yet there because there was a lack of evidence to convict her she was found innocent. She never did lay a hand on the child and just because she challenged, goaded the child to attempt the suicidal feet, does that mean she is responsible for the death of the child? Responsibility is proportional to the amount of involvement therefore, she is responsible for what she has done, and what she has done is put the idea in the child's head by way of persuasion and caused the child to commit the suicidal act. This line of thinking means that she is absolutely responsible for the death, however because it is as indirect as it is ­­while not exempting her of responsibility­­ the chance that it would be forgiven is very great. Because the killer determines her the most guilty of all the characters her life is extinguished last. The final character to be examined is none other than Justice Wargrave, the killer, himself. It appears that Wargrave would not have killed himself if he had not been diagnosed with the incurable disease. This can be determined when he concludes that he had done nothing wrong in sentencing the man to death because he was so sure the man was guilty. His responsibility for murder is in questions here because the reader is never told whether or not the victim was actually guilty or not. However, Wargrave is absolutely responsible for the murder of those he invited to the island, and taking the justice system into his own hands rather than letting it run it’s own, proper, course. Wargrave takes the responsibility of playing God upon himself and executes his own distorted form of justice on his island. Throughout the book looking at the characters and their actions before and after the murders they committed it is worth noting that none of them really accept responsibility for their actions. They all either deny them or play them down. It makes one wonder that if they had changed dramatically due to their action would they have been put through the horror? Nevertheless, Everyone dieing in the end is a very appropriate ending of this book showing that no one can escape their action and without repentance they will be brought down. While the reader may feel differently about whether or not a person is responsible for what they are charged or not does not matter, for the hand of responsibility is not swayed by a person's subjectiveness and does not take part in mercy or grace. It is unswayed, just and final. ...
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