Mr. U.N. Owen

Who is Mr. U N Owen?  Did the murderer's "confession" seem fitting and appropriate to you?In your opinion, why did Mr. U.N. Owen create this plot? Explain your reasoning with support from the novel.  PLEASE PROOF READ YOUR RESPONSES BEFORE POSTING, and remember to respond in complete and grammatically correct sentences.

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  1. Mr. U.N. Owen is Justice Lawrence Wargrave. I thought his confession was fitting. It helped me understand the parts of the story that I was confused about. It helped me understand how and why he murdered the "guests." I think Mr. U.N. Owen, or Wargrave , created this plot to feed his desire to kill and his need for twisted justice. Wargrave makes sure all of the "guests" were involved in a murder or death. Wargrave does not want to just kill the "guests", he wants recognition for it. I agree with Philip Lombard when he says, "That is to say, he's played God Almighty for a good many months every year. That must go to a man's head eventually. He gets to see himself as all powerful, as holding the power of life and death-and it's possible that his brain might snap and he might want to go one step farther and be Executioner and Judge Extraordinary." I also think that Wargrave saw these murders as his swan song. In the story, it says he does not want to die slowly and painfully. Wargrave wants his death to "take place in a blaze of excitement." Wargrave enjoys the murders and makes them as theatrical as possible using the nursery rhyme. Wargrave does not regret the murders. Another possible reason Wargrave commits the murders is he is crazy. He thinks of himself as an artist instead of a killer.

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    1. Grace I agree completely he was not just crazy he was insane for excitement in horrifying ways in which means having all of the guests see for themselves and feel the "excitement" as the story goes on.

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    2. I agree since he's a judge. He works with justice all the time. Killing people who have caused others death, will be his twisted way of justice. I think this was a great interpretation of Mr. U. N. Owen.

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    3. Grace, I completely agree with you. It seems that Justice Lawrence Wargrave, wanted to be someone that had gained a taste of murder, meaning that he was perhaps deranged.

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    4. Grace, I agree with you 100%. Wargrave is, as Sara said, deranged and the way he killed everyone is not just crossing the line for being deranged, but it also suggests that he was more than capable of committing the murders.

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  2. Mr. U.N. Owen turned out to be Lawrence Wargrave. As a young boy he enjoyed seeing and causing death. He started off killing wasps and garden pests.
    In my opinion, his confession was fitting because it helped fit together the missing pieces of the puzzle. It assisted in the explanation of Armstrong and Blore's deaths. It explained Armstrong's death by stating how he thought they were working together, but Wargrave pushed him into the ocean. It also told, that he was still alive and in Vera's room to push the marble bear clock out of the window, onto Blore.
    I think he created the plot because he was a lunatic, obsessed with justice and death. This lead him to create murder "on a grand scale". However, his obsession for justice only allowed him to kill those who were guilty of murder. He wanted to justify murders that were untouchable by the law, including his own.

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    1. You're definitely right Joe. Every death made sense of the time the murderer could've gotten away except Blore's. At first when the point tried to say that Vera was the murderer, when that didn't make sense because she was with Philip Lombard when it got to the part about Dr. Armstrong's death.

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  3. In the epilogue, the reader finds out that Justice Lawrence John Wargrave is in truth Mr. U. N. Owen. The final confession letter found floating in the bottle was appropriate and revealed his guilt as well as his desire to take credit for the murders. As a retired judge, he watched those invited to the house get away with their crimes. This final confession found possibly years after what happened on Soldier Island was Justice Wargrave's sadistic way of taking credit for the murders. He devised his plan because he had always wondered what it would be like to murder, but at the same time bring those he personally felt were guilty to justice.

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  4. In the epilogue you find that Mr. U.N Owen is also known as Justice Lawrence Wargrave. Mr. Wargrave basses his confession on his childhood. On page 261 you find that Mr. Wargrave says that he has very strongly known the lust of killing from a very young age. With that being said i do think that his confession is fitting and appropriate.My opinion on the reason Mr. Owen (Mr. Wargrave) created the plot is to keep the others suspicions high. I think this since he decided to kill some of the others then pretend that he was killed. He did this with the help of Dr. Armstrong (you can find this on pages 170-171).Then he killed Dr. Armstrong so that he couldn't tell the others that he was the murderer (page 171). After killing Dr. Armstrong he had to be very careful to carryout the rest of his plan. When he was finished with killing the others he killed himself so that when the inspectors came to the island after discovering that there had been various murders on the island they would never know who did it.

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    1. Kyra, I disagree. I believe that Mr. Wargrave killed himself because after he committed murder, he would be considered guilty too.

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  5. Justice Lawrence Wargrave is Mr. U.N. Owen. When Wargrave was young, he loved killing insects. His confession was fitting because it made the story make more sense. Justice Lawrence Wargrave always had a desire for killing. He pushed Armstrong of the cliff. The others thought that they were working together. He involved everyone on the island with at least one of the deaths. He created the plot because he was crazy with death. He wanted to kill them because they were guilty and he always wanted to do what was right. He killed himself because he knew he was guilty in the court of law. He played music during the murders. He bought the island to kill the guilty people that he had in the court of law. He always wanted to do what was right.

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