Agatha Christie's Stories Reflect The Characters Of The Twentieth Century?

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Agatha Christie, the prolific crime fiction author, wrote her stories in the early to mid-1900’s. As with nearly all writers, her works were influenced by the time in which she wrote. As readers continue to appreciate her books in the 21st century, they may often be surprised by the depiction of society. However, since they were written in a different century, Christie’s stories reflect the society of the time. Even subtle sentences laced throughout her stories suggest the changes that society has made in the last 50 to 100 years. Christie’s book And Then There Were None has a long list of characters, whom each give insight into the different segments of society of the 20th century. Examining each character’s role in the story can give insight into what life was like in Christie’s home of the United Kingdom in 1939, when the book was published. There are 10 main characters in And Then There Were None. Coming from various walks of life, they are all invited by a mysterious eleventh character to spend the weekend at a house perched on a remote island. The eleventh character has sent them all letters of invitation, but is not actually at the island him/herself. This leaves the remaining 10 together on the island, isolated from the rest of England. It quickly becomes known to the reader and the characters…show more content…
In reality, she is there to pay for the crime of causing the suicide of her young servant, who was pregnant out of wedlock. Brent, confident in her faith and righteousness, feels no guilt for her crime. The fact that she had servants leads the reader to believe she was upper class, though an actual occupation is not established. Her lack of guilt may be Christie’s way of explaining the blinding power of religion, especially since religion was often regarded as the most powerful regulation during Christie’s time, often creating and overruling the

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