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Around the World in 80 Days
Transcript of Around the World in 80 Days
Prezi by: Joshua Grandstaff
Now that you have heard enough about my background and Jules Verne, lets get into a very important aspect of the book, the characters. In this book the main character is Mr. Phileas Fogg. He is a dynamic character but you wouldn't know it until very far in the book. He starts out as a wealthy, calm, bold gentleman who lives life in an ordinary matter. However, when he takes a daring bet with his friends from the bank, you get to see a similar character but different traits start to show. After he changes some of his traits he is happier, has a different view on life, loves someone, and becomes even more courageous. His personality brings life to this book in many aspects. In the end he somewhat gets what he wants in some unexpected ways.
Minor Characters: Passepartout- Passepartout is a minor character who takes the role of Mr. Fogg's assistant in the beginning of the book. He is a very interesting fellow with a strange background of many professions. He is very motivated, cautious, and quick. He gives the story new dimensions.
Aouda- Aouda is a women who is saved by the duo from being sacrificed at an ancient indian ritual she didn't volunteer to be a part of and is very grateful and understanding.
Fix- Fix is a detective ordered to bring in Mr.Fogg for thievery. You are left for most of the book inferring if he is or isn't guilty.
As seen in the title slide, my background is a world map. There are two main reasons that support the background. One being the setting.
The characters are traveling around the globe.
The next reason is in relation to a conflict. That conflict being that they must cross the huge earth in just eighty days.
The author of this book is Jules Gabriel Verne, more commonly known as Jules Verne. He is known and recognized by many writers alike for his classic books mainly in the science fiction genre. He was born in Nantes, France on February 28 of 1828.
He wrote books but was also a poet and play write. He went to school at Lycée Georges Clemenceau. I would definitely say he is qualified to write these books because of his experience(living in the time period and having written other books) and his education because he gave us some great books.
The book "Around the World in 80 Days" starts in England of 1872, where Mr. Fogg, Passepartout, and Fix live. Since they are traveling around the world, it obviously changes depending on where they are, an example would be India, Japan, or America. They spend the majority of the time on the move from country to country traveling east.
Plot Part 1
This book revolves around a bet which occurs in the beginning of the book. Mr.Fogg is having a regular conversation with his friends of the Reform Club(who are all very wealthy) when the topic of transportation comes up and his friends doubt his ability to make a trip around the world in 80 days which shows a man versus man conflict.. They put 20,000 euros on line(which is equivalent to about 1.6 million dollars today). Once they make the bet, Mr.Fogg and Passepartout get on a steamer to get out of England and start the adventure. During this trip he uses various means of transportation such as trains, boats, and even elephants which all provide some man versus nature conflict.
In India they save a women and have to ride an elephant to keep pace. After that happens, they meet the woman and bring her along the trip as well as getting to know that her name was Aouda and she was very interesting. All this happens while Fix is tracking them from a distance trying to find out motives and making sure he doesn't lose them.
Plot part 2
After they get out of India, Passepartout meets Fix but they still all make through Japan and cross the U.S.A.
Luckily they hitch a ride with a supply boat going to England out of America but the time for error has been scrutinized to the point where even one can cost Mr.Fogg his bet.When it becomes apparent that they must go to a different part of England to reach England by 80 days Mr.Fogg just buys the ship and dismantles part of it to add to the fuel supply.
When it appears fate is on their side and they can run to the Reform Club with days to spare, Fix arrests Mr.Fogg and puts him in Custody until the Bet is over by their clocks. Then in a rush of luck, Mr.Fogg is let out and gets engaged out of the blue with Aouda. Then Passepartout discovers that they had gained one whole day of time because they went all the way around the world and if they can reach the Reform Club in a not so large 10 minutes than the bet is won. The question is, do they get there in time?
Point of View
The book "Around the World in 80 Days" is told in the point of view of third person omniscient. This able to be identified throughout the book by not reading "we", "I", or "us" but you could still know the all the characters thoughts, not just one.
How would this book change if it were told in a different point of view? Well, for starters, the structure of the book would be altered if it were in first person. Also, you would only know that one characters thoughts and see only what he/she saw. The same would go for third person limited although the structure would be similar to what it is now.
As with many books, there is more than one theme to go along with the story of "Around the World in 80 Days." One that I noticed in the beginning is to not let others keep you down. This was demonstrated when Mr.Foggs friends didn't believe in his ability to make a journey, yet he went anyway. The second theme I will explain is to take risks. If Mr.Fogg didn't take any, then he would have not found love with Aouda.The last theme I noticed, and very important one along with the other two, is that anything is possible, shown in Mr.Foggs trip.
(support- page 20 paragraph 1, 22 paragraph 7, page 307 paragraph 2, 315 paragraph 3)
There are a couple of moods you find yourself in when reading this book. Those moods are ecstatic and thrilled, hopeful, and you can feel in suspense. You feel ecstatic because in most parts of the book something good happens that fills you with joy for the characters. You are left feeling hopeful because when conflicts arise, you want the group to get through and prevail. And lastly, you are left in suspense because of the action and cliffhangers in this book.
(support: ecstatic and thrilled-page 153 paragraph 4, hopeful-page 257 paragraph 9, suspenseful-page 313 paragraph 12)
Along with the readers mood, there are more than one tones that Verne creates. He does this mainly by his unique writing style and he also shows more than one persons view in this piece of his writing. I would say that the tones are informative and captivating. A tone of Verne's is informative because of facts and information that he gives you while reading his books, especially when describing the geography in this specific book. Another tone is captivating for the reason that you were always captivated during this book and Jules Verne had many pieces of action sprinkled throughout the pages so that you wouldn't want to put the book down.
(support: Informative-page 19 paragraph 2, Captivating-page 76 paragraph 5-6, page 306 paragraph 1)
1. The first piece of figurative language is foreshadowing which occurs relatively early in this book. On page 19 paragraph two Mr.Fogg and his fellow members of the Reform Club talk about how long it would take to go all the way around the world and everyone has a different opinion, an opinion that Mr.Fogg had great passion in. This foreshadows that Mr.Fogg will do something to prove his statement that you can, in fact, make a trip around the world in just 80 days.
2. The next piece of figurative language is imagery, as you might expect from a Jules Verne book. It occurs on page 86 paragraph one and says "Upon the car, which was drawn by four richly caparisoned zebus,stood a hideous statues with four arms, the body colored a dull red, with haggard eyes, disheveled hair, protruding tongue, and ls tinted with betel. It stood upright upon the figure of a prostrate and headless giant." This is imagery because the author describes the statues and its location with great detail and gives you a solid picture in your head.
3. The last piece of figurative language is irony. The irony takes place on page 313 paragraph 12. What happens on this page is that Passepartout just realizes that they have actually miscalculated and have a small period of time to still win the bet when it was thought that Mr.Fogg had lost his fortune. It is irony because this occurrence was not expected at all and was a major plot twist.
People can ask "What is your overall response to Around the World in 80 Days?" I would give the answer that I found it interesting on many levels, exciting, and an overall good read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but in particular, I would recommend mend it to anyone who likes reading books by Jules Verne, likes realistic fiction, or just want to read an interesting story with great characters, a unique plot, along with cliffhangers and plot twists.