Around The World In Eighty Days Essay

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Around The World In Eighty Days

Robert Bebber
October 11, 1999
Period 3
“Around the World in Eighty Days”
By: Jules Verne
Adventure Novel


The themes of this novel are calmness and persistence. These two themes are exemplified by
one character, Mr. Fogg. Mr. Fogg is always calm in the novel not once in this novel does
he show any anxiety or nervousness. Mr. Fogg, under a prolific amount pressure of losing a
wager of twenty thousand pounds, remained very tranquil never once to lose his state of
mind. The second theme of this story is persistence, shown by Mr. Fogg. Mr. Fogg never
gives up on wager of a prolific amount of money, precisely twenty thousand pounds. As the
odds turn against him he remains on his path and does not give up. His persistence in the
end pays off and Mr. Fogg wins his wager, on who The Reform Club will pay. But did he
really achieve a goal by making this unbelievable trip around the world in an astonishing
eighty days.

This novel takes place in the late 1800’s, approximately 1872. Mr. Phileas Fogg lived at
No. 7, Saville Row, Burlington Gardens. As the story progresses on and one tiny wager is
made, a trip around the world changes the setting of this novel many a times. Some of
these settings are London, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, and
New York. Clearly though one the most important settings was in the Indian forests, which
were passed through, in order to pursue to Kandallah. The Carnatic and the Mongolia were
also key settings to the novel.

In the 19th century, a man by the name of Phileas Fogg, made a wager that he would be able
to travel the world in approximately eighty days. At the time of his wager he was looking
for a servant. He found a servant by the name of Jean Passepartout. These two came to the
understanding that Fogg was the master and Passepartout was just a man. His master told
Passepartout that they were leaving immediately to travel around the world and told him to
pack a carpetbag. Then new means of funds were given by The Daily Telegraph, who decided
that the trip had a shot. Then a detective by the name of Fix sent a telegram to the
commissioner saying that he found the robber and needed a warrant immediately, if not
sooner. As Fix boarded the Mongolia, Passepartout approached him. He asked fix where he
could get the passport of his master visaed. As Fix looked at the passport with intent,
asked him if this was his passport, but Passepartout replied that it was his master’s
visa. As Fix left, he rushed himself immediately to the consul and told him he had good
belief that his robber was on the Mongolia. As they were talking two men interrupted,
Passepartout and his master, Phileas Fogg, Fogg asked the consul if he could have his
passport visaed to prove he used the Suez. After this Passepartout however tells Fix all
he knows, therefore making it certain to Fix’s assumption that points to Fogg, as the
robber of fifty-five thousand pounds. Luckily for Phileas Fogg, and his wager, that the
Indian Ocean and Red Sea were partly in his favor.

While on Malabar Hill, Passepartout had a little too much curiosity and when he started to
go back to the station he was beaten by priests, but was able to hit two of the adviseries
and broke free. Even though he ended up losing his shoes. They ended having to make their
own transportation to Allahabad, so they went out and Fogg offered to pay a sum for an
elephant for transportation paying up front two thousand pounds for the animal. A Parsee
offered his service, which proved to be a great help in their journey to Allahabad. As
they went on Kiouni stopped suddenly, and the Parsee heard a noise and went to check he
came back and said that a procession of Brahmins were coming their way and if possible if
they did not see us. They realized she would be burned alive so they, with generosity,
said that they would come to her aid and do the best they could to save her life.
Passepartout was the one to save this woman in the smokiness of the dark. So they left
immediately. They reached Calcutta at seven in the morning therefore giving Fogg
approximately five hours. Upon his arrival at Calcutta he, Passepartout, and Aouda were
taken by an officer to become prisoners. Fogg admitted that he took her from these
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