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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Transcript of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Point of View
Professor Pierre Aronnax is a French Naturalist who works in the Paris Museum of Natural History. he was asked to come to the United States when research was being done by scientists on prehistoric fish. when the World mistook the Nautilus for a Whale, Professor Aronnax was asked by the U.S. navy to Join them on the Abraham Lincon to hunt down the Cetacean. he is also the Narrator and the Protagonist of the Story.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Conseil is the servant to Professor Aronnax. He's 30 years old and is very loyal to his master. He doesn't argue with Aronnax and always calls him Master. He's a classifying finatic
Ned Land is a Canadian harpooner aboard the Abraham Lincoln who is thrown overboard when the Nautilus retaliates. has anger issues and wants to escape the nautilus at all costs
Captain Nemo is the commander of the Nautilus and hates humanity and all that it offers. he speaks a strange language with his crew and has sworn never to set foot on land again. He gets all of his supplies from the sea
The author, Jules Verne, provides the reader with a profuse number of examples on how man has to live alongside nature and use it to survive. Although nature provides a source of food and clothing, it also produced a source of danger for Captain Nemo and his accomplices.
Captain Nemo's crew made the clothing all the characters wore throughout their time on the Nautilus. Everything used to produce the clothing was found along the ocean floor and through out various coral reefs. All of the materials were entirely natural and surfacing was not necessary to create the wardrobes. Sea kelp and otter furs were primarily used as materials to create their clothing.
When Captain Nemo, Ned Land, Counseil and Aronnax left the Nautilus to explore an oyster field.These oysters held Mother of Pearls. Captain Nemo Went to go protect his pearl worth an estimated 10,000,000 Francs. On their way back to the Nautilus, the group ran into an Indian oyster farmer, who was attacked by a shark. The Sharked knocked the fisherman out, but then started to fight Captain Nemo. The Shark was about to kill the captain, but Ned Land Intervened with his harpoon, piercing the sharks heart, killing the beast. This is an example of the dangers of the sea that the Nautilus and her crew would have to endure.
Jules Verne uses imagery in a number of ways. Captain Nemo leads his accomplices on various adventures through underwater oyster fields, pearl beds, and coral reefs. Out of all of the breathtaking places they visited, the Nautilus is beyond the most exquisite.
"It was a library. Tall, black-rosewood bookcases, inlaid with copperwork, held on their wide shelves a large number of uniformly bound books. These furnishings followed the contours of the room, their lower parts leading to huge couches upholstered in maroon leather and curved for maximum comfort... " Page
A Pearl Worth Ten Million
"The night was still dark. Layers of clouds cloaked the sky and left only a few stars in view. My eyes flew to the side where land lay, but I saw only a blurred line covering three-quarters of the horizon from southwest to northwest...under these dark waters there stretched the bank of shellfish, an inexhaustible field of pearls more thsn twenty miles long."
Point of View
Point of view is the way in which the story is told and it is very important when trying to understand the plot and meaning of a story. Jules Verne wrote this story from the point of view of Arronax, which would be first person. The author wrote in a way that made the reader feel as if they were in Professor Arronax's head. The reader is able to see the questions that Arronax has about Captain Nemo or the journey to the lost city of Atlantis, and anything else that happens throughout the book.
Aside from the extroardinary word choices made by the author, Captain Nemo uses diction when he uses a plethora of scientific words to describe creatures, places, or objects that the characters come across in the book.
Annelids - worms
Babiroussa - A pig from the East Indies
Byssus - filament that certain mollusks, such as mussels, use to attach themselves to rocks
Cetacean - any marine mammal classified as a Cetacea. They include dolphins, whales, and porpoises.
Echeneis - a type of fish that adheres to other large fish and vessels with a sucker.
Echinoderm - a marine invertebrate that has parts radiating symmetrically from its center - for example: a starfish
Fathom - a nautical measurement for 6 feet or depth from the surface.
Fucus - brown algae
Hydrophytes - a plant adapted to grow in water
Hyracotherium - This is an extinct genus of horse
Kraken - A sea monster that is featured in Norwegian legend.
League - Three miles of distance.
Leviathan - a huge and monstrous sea creature that is discussed in the bible
Narwhal - An arctic whale with an ivory horn protruding from its head.
Nereocysti - Giant Seaweed
Oreodon - An extinct mammal, similar to a deer.
Pintadine - a kind of shellfish, some of which produce pearls
Terra firma - solid, dry ground; land
Zoophytes - invertebrate animals, such as a sea anemone or sponge
Captain Nemo is a perfect example of an archetype in this book.
His dillusionment, or a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be, with the world.
His struggle between two opposing passions: a passion to be isolated and free from mankind in one sense, and a passionate longing to heal the pains of a growing loneliness that such isolation has created
By Jules Verne
Captain Nemo's goal was to make a life for himself deep within the depths of the ocean, without having to surface for anything. He caught everything the characters ate aboard the Nautilus through inventions he made and brought to life. His crew did most of the dirty work, while Captain Nemo held a watchful eye over everything.
Since the Nautilus is consistently moving throughout the course of the book, the setting is constantly changing. When Professor Arronax, Ned Land, and Conseil got on the Nautilus, they were in the Sea of Japan ad when they got off they were in Norwegian waters.
This book took place around the year 1966 because the reader is not informed how long the characters area actually on the Nautilus.
Captain Nemo is an example of motivation because his family was killed by people under the influence of an imperialistic government and to get vengeance he waged a private war on imperialistic nations. His motivation was shown through the black flag that he would hang every time he surfaced.
Captain Nemo, in Latin, means nobody, which alludes to the idea that Nemo wanted to have nothing to do with humans that exited above sea level. He wanted to be the man that never was.
The Abraham Lincoln
The boat alludes to the period of mourning that the United States is going through due to the loss of one of the country's greatest rulers of all time. The boat is strong and durable, as was Abraham Lincoln.
How can nature change to fit the ever growing needs and knowledge of the human race?