20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
By: Jules Verne
Biology 1 Honors
Due: Friday, December 18, 2009
The novel begins with rumors about a large sea monster in the ocean waters destroying large vessels. The United States government sends the USS Abraham Lincoln to search out and destroy this monster. On board the USS Abraham Lincoln were famous French marine biologist Pierre Aronnax along with his sidekick, Conseil. Also, a harpooner, named Ned Land. The expedition starts in the Atlantic Ocean. After a time passes with no sight of the sea monster, they finally see the creature in the Pacific Ocean. The vessel chases it, but the monster is too fast. During the chase, the USS Abraham Lincoln is damaged and the three men fall overboard, Aronnax, Conseil and Land. The three men find themselves on top of the mysterious creature, which is actually a submarine, the Nautilus. They are taken on board and placed in a cell. The men meet Captain Nemo, the commander of the vessel. Captain Nemo was very friendly to his guests. Not only were all three of the men guests but prisoners. Nemo did not allow them to leave. The reason Nemo created this vessel was to escape from the real world. He says that he wants to live his life alone away from all the mischief and die peacefully. The submarine is powered by electricity and can easily out maneuver any ship. They spend the next year traveling the world underwater. While on this adventure, they get trapped under an iceberg. After one year on the submarine it is finally in the North Atlantic. The vessel is attacked by a giant squid! The crew tries to kill it with axes and spears eventually driving the squid away. After that, the vessel gets trapped in a whirlpool and they use this opportunity to escape. Land, Aronnax, and Conseil take the small boats that they find on the Nautilus and paddle to Norway while Captain Nemo and his crew die along with the vessel as it sinks to the...
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