Jules Verne (1828-1905)
Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France in 1828. His father was a lawyer who expected his son to also become a lawyer, but despite earning his law degree Verne ultimately refused to take over his father’s practice in favor of pursuing his literary career. He worked as a stockbroker to support himself and his family, writing in the mornings before work. Jules Verne also took advantage of many opportunities to travel, providing a great deal of inspiration for his books. Verne authored more than sixty books but is most famous for Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and The Mysterious Island. Along with H.G. Wells, he is often known as “The Father of Science Fiction”. His works are the second most translated in the world. Jules Verne died from complications of diabetes in 1905.
The Mysterious Island (1875)
During the American Civil War five Northern prisoners escape Confederate custody in a hydrogen balloon. A storm blows them to a strange island where they must use their ingenuity to survive and find an escape from exile.
Questions for The Mysterious Island
Who was the leader of the group who land on the mysterious island? What qualities make him a good leader?
What was the biggest difficulty the group faced? How did they overcome this issue?
Did the members of the group truly become friends or do you believe they were more like team members bound by necessity and circumstances? What examples make you believe this way?
What did you think of Captain Nemo? Do you feel sympathy or revulsion for him? Is there anything to admire about Nemo?
What do you think happened to the group after the story ended?
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