The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie - Agatha ChristieReview these terms with your students and discuss them in the context of The Mousetrap. Subtext—The meanings beneath the text usua lly revealed through ora l delivery of the text or the actions of t he person speaking the text. Exposition—That part of the play that reveals what has happened before, exposing theme, characters, and previous events. Climax—The culminating event of a series of events; the point of highest dramatic tension; the decisive turn ing point of the action. Crisis—A decisive state of things, the turni ng point at which something must soon terminate or suffer a material change; a crucial situation whose outcome decides which consequences will follow. Denouement—Unknotting or unrave ling of the main dramatic complication of the plot, producing the final outcome. Foreshadowing—An event that predicts future outcomes often through symbolic objects, actions or sayings.
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The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. The 25,th performance was marked with a one-off star studded performance, introduced by Christie's grandson Mathew Prichard and featuring Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters and Miranda Hart. The performance accompanied the unveiling of the Agatha Christie memorial statue in Leicester Square which commemorated her great works and her contributions to the theatre. The story was adapted from a radio play, Three Blind Mice , written for the Royal family in