And Then There Were None

by: Agatha Christie

Suggested Essay Topics

1. Discuss the role of the poem “Ten Little Indians” in And Then There Were None. Why does the murderer choose to follow the poem so closely? What effect does this have on the characters?

2. Discuss how Christie portrays social hierarchies. What commentary is she making on her society’s class system?

3. Do you think that Wargrave acts justly? Why or why not?

4. Discuss the various alliances that form throughout the novel—particularly those between Blore, Armstrong, and Lombard; between Armstrong and Wargrave; and between Vera and Lombard. How do these alliances affect events? What makes them break down?

5. Discuss the order in which the characters die. Why do some live longer than others? Do you think this is this entirely by design? Does the murderer ever seem to lose control of the situation?


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