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20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: BOOKNOTES / CHAPTER ANALYSIS
ESSAY TOPICS / BOOK REPORT IDEAS
1. Write an essay describing the first encounter between Captain
Nemo and the three men from Nemoís perspective. Make sure to include any
fears he might have about the men escaping with his secrets.
2. What do you think happened to the Nautilus after the
incident with the whirlpool? If it did not survive, how might the end
have been for Captain Nemo? If it did, where did Nemo go next?
3. Write an essay from the point of view of one of the crewmen.
How did you meet Nemo? Why would you want to give up your life to serve
on the Nautilus? Do you miss the land?
4. What do you think happened to Aronnax, Conseil and Land when
the voyage was through? Did Land ever return to sea? Did Aronnax become
rich and famous? Did Conseil continue to be a servant?
5. Conseil appears complacent and obedient throughout the entire
novel. What if he was working for Captain Nemo all along, and plotted
with him to bring Aronnax on board.... Why might Nemo want Aronnax on
the Nautilus? How might Conseil benefit from a stay on the vessel?
6. Examine the character of Nemo from a psychological perspective.
What motivates his anger? What are the possible outcomes of his self-destructive
7. Examine the role of national identity in the novel. Aronnax,
in particular, seems obsessed with the nationality of everyone he meets,
why might this be? Is the Nautilus like a sovereign nation? Why
or why not?
8. Write an essay comparing and contrasting the characters of
Aronnax and Land. Show how Aronnaxís dependence upon reason and intellect
and Landís dependence upon direct experience make the men foils of one
9. Is Conseil a flat character? Is there anything more to his
personality besides subservience? If not, what is his purpose in the novel?
10. Use the Nautilus as an example of how scientific technology
can be both good and bad. Cite modern day examples as well, such as stem
cell research or nuclear technology. Should there be regulations to curb
what scientists study and how they apply their discoveries to everyday
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