27 February 2009
Jules Verne’s book Around the World in 80 Days follows the wild adventure of a man named Phileas Fogg. Fogg made a famous bet saying that he could travel all the way around the world in only 80 days. Through this trip the reader realizes that Phileas Fogg is a very mysterious, kind, and orderly man.
Phileas Fogg is a rather mysterious man. In the beginning of the book the reader learns that “he is an English gentleman…lives at No. 7 Saville Row in London, but not much else is known about him.” Another example is that a man robbed a London bank just before Fogg left on his journey and a rumor went around that he may have been the bank thief. It is then that the people in London “recalled his strange habits and his desire to be alone most of the time.” They thought the round-the-world trip was just an excuse to leave London in a hurry. Later in the trip, Aouda, the Indian girl they rescued, is falling in love with Mr. Fogg. Fogg, however, “remained cold and silent, and no one, including Aouda, could guess his inner thoughts.” Through the passages in the book and a few thoughts of other characters Fogg reveals that he is quite mysterious.
Another trait Fogg displays throughout Verne’s book is his immense kindness and generosity. When Mr. Fogg and his servant Passepartout are leaving at the train station there is a poor beggar woman there, and Fogg gives her all of the money he had just won in his game of whist. Then when they are traveling through India, they see a girl being led to her death by sacrifice. Mr. Fogg declares that they have time to spare and that they must stop to help this girl. He risks his life, his bet, and his money, to save this girl he did not even know. A final example of Fogg’s kindness comes when his trip through India via the elephant was over he not only paid the guide he had hired but also gave him the elephant that he had paid 2,000 pounds for not four full days before. So, through...
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