Mr. U.N. Owen

One of the main characters in And Then There Were None, is Mr. U. N. Owen. Just who is Mr. U N Owen?  Why did or did not the murderer's "confession" seem fitting and appropriate to you?  Why do you believe Mr. U.N. Owen created 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 was an alternate persona created by Chief Justice Wargrave. He was also a different person to each visitor to the island. An example of this is that a “Una Nancy Owen” lured Vera Claythorne to the island, and to General Macarthur, he was simply known as “Owen”, a friend of a friend from the war. I thought that the murderer’s confession was fitting and appropriate, and gave a gratifying end to the novel. I believe it a good ending to the novel because it further explained each person’s death, and it also disclosed how he executed all of the murders. I believe Mr. U. N. Owen devised this plot to deliver justice to all of the visitors on the island. In his mind, all of the visitors to the island were all criminals worthy of death, including him.

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    1. I agree with you Molly. Mr. Justice Wargrave had come up with Mr. U.N. Owen so he could lure everyone to the island so that he could "repay" everyone for the crimes that they had committed. Even though nobody would admit it right away, including himself, Mr. Owen had gotten all the information correct as to the accusations made about all the visitors on the island. Although I didn't expect the judge to be the murderer, I was quite happy with how it turned out and how Agatha Christie had incorporated every little detail as to why Mr. Wargrave had done what he did.

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    2. I have to agree with you Molly, that when Mr. Justice created the idea of "Mr. U.N. Owen" was that he could draw everyone out to the island. The murders confession did help explain the rest of the islanders deaths throughout the novel by giving us insight on what was happening to the person that was dying and how he did it. I also think that it was a great ending because he was indeed trying to make everyone confess and show that they were criminals and show they deserved to be killed.

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    3. I would have to agree with you Molly, that when Mr. Justice created the character "U.N. Owen" was to draw everyone out onto the island to make them confess to the crimes they had done. No one knew why they truly were at the island from the letter it was very vague on what and where they had met in the past and was weird to why they all accepted the invite. Mr. Owen was somehow correct to the assumptions he had created. I agree it was a good ending to the novel because i also was very surprised to the judge being the murder because i had thought it was many other people throughout the novel.

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    4. I feel the same as Molly, I thought it was very clever how he drew everyone together by using different names but all together meaning "U.N. Owen". When the house figured this out it gave more mystery to the story and even made me think that it was someone off of the island. "U.N. Owen" put lots of thought into the death cases and it was insane how he followed the poem. In his mind he thought it was right for him to do this because he considered them murders' but he was mad and I do not think it was right. I was completely shocked when I figured out who "U.N. Owen" was also.

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    5. I completely agree Molly, Justice Wargrave used a pseudonym "U.N. Owen" to lure the guest in, one by one. He knew exactly who would know who, or who would remember who. He wanted each individual to pay for what they had done. At first, though, some were hesitant to so what happened, but they eventually came out and told their story. Which is what Mr. Wargrave wanted and needed to carry out this plan. He knew these people were guilty, even himself, he couldn't let them, or himself, live on with life for their heinous crimes.

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    6. Molly i can't help but agree. Mr. Owen was a different person to each of them and was the metaphorical string that tied them all together really. I feel as if Justice Wargrave had some sort of multi personality disorder that he used to lure his victims to the island to attempt to make them repent for wrong doings in the past.

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    7. Molly I can't agree with you more. Justice Wargrave has a personality problem that helped him carry out these murders. "U.N. Owen" or his other names did all mean something to every character leading them to believe Justice Wargrave on everything. Believing him led to all their deaths.

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    8. I completely agree with you, Molly! In the end of the book I had no idea who the murderer was, seeing as Justice Wargrave fakes his death. I also believed his confession was very fitting, and I'm glad Agatha Christie decided to leave it off this way. If not for Wargrave's confession, I most likely wouldn't have enjoyed the book as much as I did!

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  2. I have to agree, Molly. To each person on the island, "U. N. Owen" was a different person to everyone, making them even consider going. Though, as the book ended, it did seem to me that it was a different personality of Justice Wargrave. In agreement, it did seem he found each person on the island criminals. Not even excluding himself.

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  3. I agree with you Molly Mr. U.N. Owen lured each guest to the island with a different person. None of the guest really actually remembered him or her though. When they arrived to the island and the host was missing they started to worry a bit. Then playing the record with each persons crime and even Justice Wargrave who included himself, since no one knew he was Mr. U.N. Owen Then committed suicide to form an unsolved problem on Indian Island.

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  4. I agree with you Molly. The name Mr. U.N. Owen was created by Justice Wargrave and was used to lure each one of the guests to the island. Everybody thought they knew who Mr. U.N. Owen was when this person didn't even exist. That being said, nobody thought it would be dangerous to come to the island. After arrival, they began to question it a little bit but they never thought too much of it. They went on like it was just some type of vacation and then they started dying one by one; becoming more and more worried.

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  5. Mr U.N. Owen was a deceitful person. He was not just playing as Mr. Wargrave, but he also was the killer. Now, I have to agree with Molly about how Lawrence made up Mr. Ownen, just so he could get all of those people into one place and kill them for his or her wrong doings, but he is basically just as guilty. Also, he was a "friend" to Dr. Armstrong, so he manipulated him to help him succeed with the murder, but what Armstrong didn't know was that he was going to have to be killed, too. After he faked his death, he planned on having Armstrong look at him to see if he was dead, just because it was fake, and they were "friends." At the very end of the book, he talks about how he gathered up everyone, and how he wanted to kill them. He wanted to go along with a childish poem about how soldiers died one by one.

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  6. Mr U.N. Owen was created by someone to give the impression to all the guests that they were being rewarded for something or other but it intrigued them and all agreed to come to the island. From going Mr U.N. Owen then punished them for there past lives and what they had done. Mr U.N. Owen then started punishing them one by one on the island by murdering them, or making the other guesting murder each other. Mr U.N. Owen timed this visit perfectly from timing the big storm that made it impossible to leave or come onto the island. This there by made it impossible for his plan to fail, Mr. U.N. Owen even though he planned a murder he was still very smart on what he did and how he did it. In my opinion he was smarter than all of the guests in many ways he out smarted them all with the fake invitations and by that alone that made him a very smart and intelligent man.

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    1. Gavin I completely agree with you! There is no way that anyone other than Mr. Wargrave could have pulled this off without anyone knowing, he is just way to clever! Hiding the hosts name in plain sight and faking the letters is the perfect set up, its saying serial killer written all over it but he is just to clever for them to figure it out, even when it was to late! Also planning the meeting thing before at huge storm, its impossible to fail and yes he was the smartest of the group.

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