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Sarah Rickards
Mrs. Cox
English 9 Honors Period 4
16 September 2015
Justice Wargraves Identity
A person decides what factors they reveal about themselves in certain situations. At
times, they are truthful, and sometimes they arent. Justice Wargrave, a character from And Then
There Were None by Agatha Christie, decided to keep his true identity hidden for countless
reasons. For example, Wargrave told the guests at Solider Island that he got a letter from
Constance Culmington inviting him, too, to the island. However, the retired judge was the secret
hostess, who summoned the nine other people to the island. The reader can learn many lessons
from Wargraves experience of concealing his identity.
Justice Wargrave lied constantly to the other characters throughout the novel, but he
wrote a segment in the epilogue that reveals his true identity to the reader. Wargrave states, I
adopted law as a profession (286), proving that he truly was a judge in the past. On the other
hand, he says he has a definite sadistic delight in seeing or causing death (285). He
continued by explaining, that this feeling lead him to commit a murder on a grand scale
(288). From this part of the epilogue, the reader can conclude that Wargraves identity consisted
of being a judge that committed murders due to the delight of seeing or causing death.
Justice Wargrave exposed very little of his true self during the course of the book. The
elderly man did tell the truth as he told his peers he was a judge when he turned the room into
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an impromptu court of law (53). Wargrave also uncovered that he gave the death penalty to
Edward Seton as his time as a judge which was, also, a true statement. He states, I did my duty
and nothing more. I passed sentence on a rightly convicted murder (65). Overall, Justice
Wargrave revealed only minor aspects of his true character.
Wargrave kept an abundance of things hidden while on Soldier Island. For example, as
the guests were telling about their invites, Mr. Wargrave states, This purports to be from an old
friend of mine, Lady Constance Culmington. I have not seen her for some years. She went to the
East (63). This remark, about his letter, was a lie because he did not want the guests to know he
was U.N Owen, the hostess. Also, later in the novel, the narrator states, Mr. Justice Wargrave
was sitting in his high-backed chair at the end of the room. Two candles burnt on either side of
him. But what shocked and startled the onlookers was the fact that he sat there robed in scarlet
with a judges wig upon his head (222). This quote describes Wargraves, appears to be dead,
body. The judge fakes his death, so his actions in the remainder of the novel could be secluded.
Justice Wargrave kept many things concealed, so that his true identity, of being the murderer,
wouldnt get exposed.
The lesson that can be learned from Wargraves character concealment, and overall
persona is that lying will always have negative consequences. In Wargraves situation, he was
untruthful throughout the novel in order to keep his identity safe, but as a result of his lying, he
had to commit suicide to escape the consequences of committing murder.

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In conclusion, Justice Wargrave had a peculiar identity that consisted of being a judge that had an
urge to kill. In the novel, Wargrave had to keep his identity, of being the murderer, unknown, so
he had to expose little and conceal a lot.

Works Cited
Christie, Agatha. And Then There Were None. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1939. Print.

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