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  Student’s Last Name 1 Student’s Name   Professor’s Name  Course Name 6 th  May, 2016 Did justice really prevail in “And then there were none” by Agatha Christie  Introduction The story of “And then there were none” revolves around the ten people who had gathered on an island thinking that they were there for different purposes. But soon they are accused of different murders respectively by someone through a recorded message and that the time had come to pay for their crimes. Soon, one by one each of them starts dying in manner similar to ones sketched in the nursery rhyme of “ Ten Little Indians”. The main theme of the story is that Judge Wargrave stages the entire thing in order to punish them for their crimes which they had committed but were not punished due to lack of evidence. He justifies it saying that justice should always prevail (Agatha Christie, 1939). Thesis Statement: Although ten people gathered on the island had committed murders they were not repentant of; Wargrave didn’t have any righ t to punish them just because of his beliefs. Wargrave’s action in the story is unjustified   There was a silence  —  a comfortable replete silence. Into that silence came The Voice. Without warning, inhuman, penetrating . . . “Ladies and gentlemen! Silence, please! . . . You are charged    with the following indictments (“And then there were none” -by Agatha Christie) ”    Student’s Last Name 2 Justice Wargrave is shown to have a deep faith and belief that the crime must not go unpunished and the justice must prevail. In his tenure of being a judge, he delivered justice in numerous cases. But there were also some cases where he couldn’t provide justice as there was no conclusive evidence against the accused people. Thus, Wargrave thinks that although he was constrained due to the legal system, he can still deliver justice by killing all the guilty people. He chose cases where he felt that the offenders had felt no guilt of their crimes and thus deserved to  be punished more than those who had felt the guilt and regretted their crimes even if they were not punished (Agatha Christie, 1939). The theme and his intentions (without revealing it was him) are evident from the beginning where the entire party is gathered and recording is played accusing them of their crimes. “Oh, yes. I’ve no doubt in my own mind that we have been invited here by a madman –   probably a dangerous homicidal lunatic (“And then there were none” -by Agatha Christie) ”   The above quote defines the character of Wargrave and also that what he did was not sane or justice. If every person who believes that a certain person has committed a crime and starts taking action on their beliefs and killing people as personal or psychological vendetta, then it will just create chaos and increase the crime in society. Justice Wargrave should have known having worked in the legal system that it is the work of courts and police to investigate and pass verdicts on a crime based on proofs and ev idences and not just on the basis of one’s beliefs  (Agatha Christie, 1939). This can lead to biased and wrongful verdicts at times. Conclusion The deeds of Wargrave in the novel, “And then there were none” were not justified and were based on his innate beliefs and desire to provide justice. He could have dig in for more  Student’s Last Name 3 evidences or interrogated the accused people in depth in order to bring them to justice. But the  path taken by him was wrong and not justified in the eyes of both legal systems and from humanistic perspectives. Works Cited Agatha Christie. “And then there were none”, Collins Crime Club, 1939.  

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