And Then There Were None
- Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island off the coast of England. Once gathered, the group attempts to make sense of the situation. There was one thing they could all agree on: it was all very queer. It is during dinner when the Swan Song is played: each of the ten is accused of a crime. Marston ran over a few people and shows no remorse; Lombard left some natives to die because "they don't mind dying as much as Europeans do. As the secrets are exposed and the storm threatens to keep them on the island, an odd form of justice begins to unfold. And, one by one, each person must atone for past sins according to an eerie nursery rhyme.
The Police File
Each student created a police file in which he or she included dossiers for each of the ten characters. In addition, students included sheets to track various literary elements and other activities that connected to mysteries and vigilante justice.
"Nasty business...all of it"
Throughout the plot, Christie uses a number of techniques to really enhance the reader's experience. The ability to weave together so many subplots while constructing a murder mystery surely takes a careful approach. However, the Hollywood adaptation from 1945 clearly deviates from Christie's novel. See how many examples you can find.
The Court Is Now In Session
Before reading, each student had to sign a contract agreeing to a number of terms that would allow the class to fully enjoy and appreciate the novel. Is it possible for the students to resist the urge to read ahead and uncover the truth to this mystery?