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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    5. I agree with you Grace. He was trying to fill his twisted desires for death and justice. I think he is fitting at the character of U.N. Owen

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    6. Grace I think your 100% correct with saying that Wargrave was crazy for what he did. I also think that it is fitting that he is the character U.N. Owen. I also think that he saw the murders as his swan song. Great job!

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    7. I am in total agreement with you, Grace. It was mentioned in his confession in the epilogue that he had always had a morbid fascination with death and enjoyed killing other things, and I presume he acquired a taste for justice through his years of service as a judge. I believe he tied this together, not only satisfying both urges, but fulfilled his dream of going out of the world in an exciting way, giving him the final thrill he'd wanted.

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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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    1. Good blog Megan! I feel Judge Wargrave was the obvious murderer, but we get so caught up with the other characters and their situations that you wouldn’t think he was the one. He was the first arrive to every murder and took full control of the scene. He was a sadist and enjoys the killings taking place. He looks at this situation as his “work of art”.

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    2. I agree with you. The confession in a bottle was appropriate. He had a twisted way of feeding his desires.

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    3. I agree with you as to why he murdered, he used justice to fill in for his desire to kill and the influence that being a judge before had on him. He wanted people to pay for what they have done & had the pleasure of watching it happen.

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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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    1. I also thought he did the right thing on how he decided to end these lives of the people on the island. But I think he could've found a legal way to end their lives instead of taking matters into his own hand. But I do think he was addicted to the killing side of this, I think it satisfied something inside of him.

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  6. Mr. U.N. Owen is Justice Lawrence Wargrave. I think his confession was fitting. His confession made a lot of things make sense that didn't make sense before. I believe Mr. U.N. Owen created this plot not only to satisfy his desire to kill but to fill his need for justice. Mr. U.N. Owen, or Justice Wargrave, strongly believed that the innocent should not suffer, and that is why every person that was invited to the island was in some was involved in a crime or death. In the beginning of the book I think Wargrave played the gramophone recording to make the others know what they have done and make it to where none of them trust each other. When the murders began to take place and they realized what was happening, everyone was in suspicion with each other. He had to carefully execute the plot so that everyone could have been involved with one of the murders on the island. Wargrave even went as far as to fake his own death to end any suspicion of him being the murderer. He wanted these people to get some sort of punishment. He knew because of how the justice system is set up that none of the crimes they committed could have been proved.They would live on the rest of their lives without ever having to pay for what they did. I also think he created this plot because he too was dying. In the book it talks about how he doesn't want to die slowly nor painfully. He wanted to die with some excitement. That's why in the end he killed himself too, making it look like he was also murdered. He wanted to be part of a great mystery.

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    1. I agree with Hillarie. He did have a very good plan that had to be carefully executed. He wanted the guests who have committed crimes to suffer the way that the people involved with their crimes did. Justice Wargrave had a strong interest in death and justice, which makes him the perfect character to be the murderer.

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    2. I agree with you, he wanted to fill his desires of justice and killing. Also, that the whole thing was planned out detail, by detail. Like how you said he played the recording to make them loosen their trust on each other and feel the guilt. Every detail matters in all of this.

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  7. Mr. U N Owen is Justice Lawrence Wargrave. I think that his confession was fitting. His confession was fitting because it made me understand things in the book that I was confused about. Mr.U N Owen (Wargrave) made this plot so he could satisfy his desire to kill people. Wargrave made sure that each one of his guests were involved with a murder. Wargrave thought that the innocent people should not suffer and someone that was involved with a crime or murder should die. Wargrave had everything planed before he invited everyone to the island. He had the gramophone play so that everybody new what everybody else had done and so they were all suspicion about each other. Wargrave also wanted a man to help him fake his death which it would be Dr. Armstrong. It said in the book that, "It was then that I intimated to Armstrong that we must carry our plan into effect. It was simply this-I must to appear the next victim." It says in the book that he doesn't want to die slowly and painfully but he wants his death to,"take place in a blaze of excitement." Another thing Wargrave thought to himself that he was an artist and not as a killer.

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  8. U.N. Owen is Justice Lawrence Wargrave. The confession was fitting and appropriate. It made the book understandable and come to a finish. Old Wargrave had desires of death and justice. He creates the plot of murders by the nursery rhyme to fills these desires by going into law and controlling how trials go. I think it was smart for him to get people that weren't completely innocent. This made each person suspicious of each other.

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  9. Mr. U.N. Owen is Justice Lawrence Wargrave. I think the confession was fitting because it helped me understand things I didn't know before. He created the plot to satisfy his need to kill. Wargrave played the gramophone recording to make everyone suspicious of each other when the killings started. He killed the people because he was trying to, '' play God'' as Phillip Lombard had said, and he took it into his own hands to deal justice. That why all the people there had committed crimes. He even went as far as to fake his own death to throw people off that thought he was the killer. All he wanted to do was justify murder that were untouchable by law. He said that he wanted his death to, '' take place in a blaze of excitement'', and he didn't want to die slowly and painfully. He killed himself in the end to make it look like he was murdered along with the people on the island.

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  10. U. N. Owen is Justice Lawrence Wargrave. I believe his confession is fitting because there was an explanation for every single thing that happened on the island. He explained the entire plan and by the end, all questions were answered. I believe that Mr. Owen created the plot because he was strangely intrigued by death, and became a lawyer to see criminals be executed. Then, he decided he wanted to be the executioner himself. In the epilogue, the policeman discovered that Owen chose to accuse and execute the criminals that the law couldn't touch. He was able to give them their own sentencing because they all committed crimes that were technically legal. For instance, Emily Brent led Beatrice Taylor to her death, but Emily didn't kill her herself. According to law, Emily was innocent. Mr. Owen knew she was the cause of Beatrice's death and wanted to see her die, along with the nine other victims with similar situations. He wanted to be the executioner for the criminals whose crimes went unpunished.

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  11. It became clear that the mysterious Mr. U.N. Owen was Justice Lawrence Wargrave. His "confession" was quite fitting although I did find it somewhat odd that his accomplice for faking his death, Armstrong, didn't suspect anything. Armstrong aided him even though from the beginning Wargrave seemed most likely (at least in my mind) to want them dead. Wargrave would've had the most motive. Seeing all of these guilty people walk free without a worry in the world, unable to be touched within the boundaries of the law would have put them on Justice Wargrave's bad side seeing as how he was a man of the law. I believe Wargrave created this plot of vengeful killings to fulfill his sick need to play out this perfect scenario in his head where he gets to be recognized as "an artist" like he mentions in the book multiple times.

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  12. Mr. U.N Owen was none other than Judge Wargrave. He had gotten away with murder, but not by his hand. He wanted to create a perfect murder and he did it. It was his ambition to invent a murder mystery that no one could solve.

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  13. Justice Lawrence Wargrave as U.N. Owens came as a bit of a shock to me. His confession was most fitting but disturbing as he admitted to having a fascination and thirst for murder. Fulfilling his "theatrical" murders is what boggles my mind. Wargrave was very creative in taking a "childish rhyme from infancy" and turning it into life. Finding the victims was another whole level of creativity and also luck due to finding out about Vera through Hugo. I never expected Wargrave would have faked his death especially with the help of the unsuspecting Dr. Armstrong acting along. It was a genius but twisted and wrong way to have ended each and every guilty guest at the mansion. "A big bear hugged one and then there were two." is my favorite of the rhyme due to the fact I never could have figured out what it meant since there was no "zoo" on the island. Wargrave was creating his concoction for committing suicide. He made it so the authorities would be clueless. Such scheming only comes from a brilliant mind, that in which he had. -Micah Wassink

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  14. none of them are UN Owen because if you remember the part in the book that war-grove died who pushed the granite clock on blore

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  15. UN Owen isn't any of the people invited if the killer was sending invitations the killer wouldn't send himself a invitation

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