"And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie

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"Ten little Indians going out to dine; One went and choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little Indian boys traveling to Devon; One got left behind and then there were seven. Seven little Indian boys gathering up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little Indian boys walking to the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little Indians playing with a gun; One shot the other and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hung himself and then there were none." Ten Indian figures made of china seem harmless right? Would they determine your fate? Or would you not even notice they are there? What if they slowly disappeared and you had no thought of as why. How would you look at life now?

What is theme? Theme is merely the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. There are many themes that provide detail to the story starting with the Administration of Justice. Most murder mysteries examine justice--its violation, through the act of murder, and its restoration, through the work of a detective who solves the crime and ensures that the murderer pays for his or her deed. "And Then There Were None" examines justice, but it bends the formula by making the victims of murder...