Agatha Christie's Theory In And Then There Were None

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Junior Research Paper The psychoanalytical theory, created by the well-known psychologist Sigmund Freud, stated that every problem within ourselves was caused by an unconscious motive within ourselves. This has become a whole approach in not only the psychology field, but also English lenses. Following the reading of And Then There Were None, it is shown that Agatha Christie uses events in her life in her stories, she incorporates violence and murders, and finally she uses the id, ego, and superego in And Then There Were None. Agatha Christie incorporates (and punishes) events/people that were actually in her life. According to Michael Delahoyde from Washington State University, the psychoanalytical theory “argues that literary texts, like …show more content…
He later gets poisoned and dies on the island he was sent to. This relates to the psychoanalytic theory because Agatha Christie’s grandfather died in a car accident, and it would make sense for her to have the man who killed the two kids in the book to get murdered, probably just as she thought of when her grandfather was killed. That theory could work, but Agatha Christie’s brother also died when he was young, just like these college kids. Having someone so young die obviously must have hurt Christie, which would again it would make sense for her to punish the person. “According to Freud and his followers, most human behavior is the result of desires, impulses, and memories that have been repressed into an unconscious state, yet still influence actions.” (David Clark) This shows that even though she may have repressed her thoughts and memories, they still influence her actions such as her writing. This is shown in her …show more content…
The whole novel is about ten people on a island who all end getting murdered. The ironic part about this is that the people who are getting murdered are getting killed because they killed someone in the past and they weren’t convicted. According to John Curran, Agatha Christie expert, “She was homeschooled and isolated at a young age...She claimed that following her father’s death, her childhood was over (at age 11).” Christie had to deal with death at a young age. Not having a grandfather, father, and brother can have a major impact on a person. The father especially, as according to Allen Brizee from the Purdue Online Learning Lab, Christie is missing the Oedipus Complex, “the desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex and a concomitant sense of rivalry with the parent of the same sex.” Not having this hinders a child 's development, and this would attribute to Christie’s anti-socialness. A person from the psychoanalytical theory would say that it a major problem that Christie lost her father, as the father is the first person a female attracts to. Not only this, but generally the daughters would feel competition with the mothers for the father 's attention, and vice versa. Not having a father not only ruins the bond between him and the child, but it also affects the child and their mother. This could contribute to not only how she had struggles initially interacting

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