Agatha Christie, and "the Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
Taking into consideration the revolutionary concepts present in literature written by Agatha Christie, a number of writers did not hesitate to inspire from the English crime writer's books. "And Then There Were None" is one of the most influential murder mysteries written across time. The ten little Indians theme and the one regarding the island and the people deserted on it are also employed by William Golding in his novel, "Lord of the Flies." Golding's endeavor is not necessarily meant to be devoted to Christie's writings, but it merely uses them as if they were a standard in writing.
Both Golding and Christie have used the ten little Indians theme and the latter has even made it part of the action in the book. While Christie's plot is related to crime, Golding focused on proving how a community can easily fail when it is left to govern itself. One of the first matters coming into the attention of both the characters in Golding's book and in the one that Christie wrote is that discipline should be installed in order for them to have more chances of survival. "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything" (Golding, 40). "Self-preservation's a man's first duty. And natives don't mind dying, you know. They don't feel about it as Europeans do" (Christie, 46). Moreover, it is obvious that the characters in the two books felt that they will be assisted by the fact that they were civilized Europeans. It can be said that similar to Christie, Golding was determined to demonstrate how civilization is worth nothing in certain circumstances.
In spite of the fact that the two novels differ in nature, it is hard not to observe all the elements in Golding's book that have equivalents in Christie's. The main elements in "The Lord of the Flies" however are not similar to the ones in "And Then There Were None." While Christie's novel is meant to be a part of the crime literature genre, Golding's book is more of an allegorical novel. The two authors thus had separate intentions when they engaged in writing these books. It cannot be said that either of the books have a main character, or even one who is present in most events.
Christie's manuscript has a plot that presents mystery crime in the purest way possible. Even though she clearly wanted the book to display new elements in the genre, the author managed to stick to the strict rules of crime literature.
Clues and characters are shown without misleading readers and without triggering confusion in them. While a limited number of people consider that the ending of the novel is obvious, most tend to fall in the other group, failing to see all the factors predicting the finale.
To a certain extent, the beast in "Lord of the Flies" can be likened to the "dangerous homicidal lunatic" (56) in Christie's book, as they were both in the imagination of the characters and presented no real threat.
Curiously, the book's greatness is in fact a mystery to some, as it is difficult to understand how a novel filled with monotony can succeed in appealing to numerous individuals passionate in crime literature. Moreover, the actions in the book are more similar to texts written in a newspaper rather than being similar to crime novels. Christie's "And Then There Were None" can be characterized through simple ingenuity, with the writer succeeding in writing a book that fascinates people through its mysterious simplicity.
Christie's novel has encountered abundant successes from the first moment of its issuing, making it the best document written in crime literature. In spite of the fact that the book does not promote the image of one of Christie's heroic detectives, it still manages to entertain readers, providing them with a well-written mystery crime text, where crimes are solved without any outside assistance, as the action…