20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story basically begins with the very intelligent Professor Arronax calculating basic measurements. He's a modern french biologist during this time period. The professor had somewhat of an understudy, an apprentice if you will, named Conseil. Conseil was just about as skilled as the professor as far as classification, and knowing so much information about just about everything. One day, the professor got a letter that invited him to go on a select trip to hunt the killer narwhal. Mysteriously, several ships had been rammed, and had a triangular shaped scar on the spot where the uncanny shipmates had decided that the narwhal hit. So Professor Arronax and Conseil went to examine the accidents.
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They get on the ship and meet a Canadian harpooner named Ned Land. He told them that he was the best at what he does, and that he was ready to take out the narwhal. After a while, they come across the infamous narwhal. They find it strange that the narwhal is about three times as long as the ship they're on, and that it glows. The professor's ship is attacked, and they are stranded in the ocean, they climb aboard the narwahal to find out that it is in actuality a submarine. They finally meet a strange man named Captain Nemo, who explains to them that it is his ship and that the professor, Conseil, and Ned Land can stay as long as they go with him on a trip around the world in his submarine, the Nautilus. They begin to go on amazing trips.
The review of this Book prepared by Emmanuel Hayes

Mysterious things are happening in the sea. Ships are being sent out; however, they are sunk by someone... or maybe something...
   Monsieur Arronax, a scientist is invited, along with his trusty servant Conseil, on a ship known as the Abraham Lincoln, to seek out the cause of the recent ship wrecks. After a few months out into open water, they are attacked, by something that looks like a monster. After a long chase in the water, an event throws the worthy scientist off the ship, along with Conseil, and a Canadian fisherman, Ned Land. Eventually they get close to the so called monster, which eventually turns out to be a modern, as well as highly technological submarine, titled the Nautilus. Captain Nemo, commander of the Sub, allows the trio to stay on the ship, however, they are not permitted to leave.
   Now begins an extraordinary voyage under the sea, as Arronax, who is guided by Captain Nemo discovers the fascinating wonders of the sea. Arronax, as well as Conseil, is fascinated by what he sees around himself. But the Canadian fisherman is losing his patience by the day. Despite the amazing specimens, scientific facts, not to be found in nearly a hundred years by man, fantastic locales and the captain's generosity, Ned still wants to escape. Arronax decides that if a worthy opportunity presents itself, then they will not hesitate to leave. Although he has given his word, Arronax does not wish to anger the captain, for his generosity is much too great for that matter. The submarine starts in regular waters, continues in a boiling soup, travels through Atlantis, volcanoes, giant sea monsters, and there is more where that came from.
   All of this is packed tight into a 300 page sci-fi thriller!   

The review of this Book prepared by Walid Khalid

An eccentric French scientist, his friend and a jovial Canadian sailor are accidentally taken captive by Captain Nemo, a mad scientist in his amazing surmarine, the Nautilus. Placed under arrest by Nemo, the three companions learn to enjoy their new home, and with Nemo they explore the seven seas, travelling to barbarian lands, the lost city of Atlantis, and even fight an enormous squid-like monster.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 23.3%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 16.7%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring under the sea/l mermaid Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Water Earth setting:    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a significant amount of technical jargon How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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