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Week 30

20000 Leagues Under the Sea

Teen Reader


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Jules Verne

About the Author

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.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1869)

A marine biologist hunting a sea monster encounters a strange vessel with a mysterious crew, joining them for an unprecedented underwater adventure.

Questions for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Do you think Captain Nemo is a bad person or are there mitigating circumstances for his actions and attitude?  Why do you believe this to be the case?

Would you like to disappear into exploring the sea, leaving society behind?

What are the similarities between Professor Aronnax and Captain Nemo?  Where do their personalities differ?

Do you believe an experienced captain like Nemo would make a mistake like entering the Maelstrom?

What do you believe happened to The Nautilus after the whirlpool?  Did it survive?  If so where did Nemo go?

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