Study Guide: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne|
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20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: LITERARY ANALYSIS / PLOT SUMMARY
4. “I repeat my view based on the logic of facts” -Aronnax
Aronnax says this while debating with Land the existence of a giant narwhal. Land does not believe in the creature because he has seen nothing like it. Aronnax believe it exists because, after careful reasoning, he believes it is the only logical possibility. Land ends up being correct.
5. “It is not new continents the earth needs, but new men”
- Captain Nemo
This exemplifies Nemo’s distain for mankind. This statement is in response to Aronnax’s observation that a certain group of islands will eventually join together to form a larger island.
6. “So it was a sad day I spent, between my wish to regain freedom
and my regret at saying goodbye to the marvelous Nautilus...” -
This represents Aronnax’s major conflict--he cannot remain a part of the evil ventures of the vessel and he must help his friends; yet, he is tantalized by knowledge and science.
7. “God Almighty! Enough! Enough!” - Nemo
These are the last words Aronnax hears Nemo speak. He says them right before the men escape and the vessel goes into the whirlpool. This shows that Nemo has some remorse and that the vessel’s encounter with the whirlpool is not accidental.
8. “Not at all; but I followed Monsieur since I am in Monsieur’s
service” - Conseil
This is Conseil’s reply to Aronnax when he asks if Conseil was thrown from the Abraham Lincoln as well. At this time the men are both struggling in the water facing possible drowning. This exemplifies Conseil’s unfaltering loyalty to Aronnax.
9. ”Where are there not savages, and in any case, are those that
you call savages any worse than the others?” - Captain Nemo
This is Nemo’s response to Aronnax’s fearful report of the natives the men encountered on the island. The natives seem angry and ready to attack. This response shows that this aggressiveness is a quality Nemo finds in all men, despite decorum.
10. “...I am not a butcher, I am a hunter and this was just butchers’
work.” - Ned Land
This is Land’s response to the slaying of many whales by the Nautilus. In this statement, Land is distinguishing the way he kills marine life and the way Nemo killed the whales.
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