Around The World In 80 Days Essay

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Around The World In 80 Days Essay, Research Paper Around the World in Eighty Days? Jules Verne William Butcher Aerie Books LTD., 210, n/a Reviewed by Yitty Long In the book ?Around the World in Eighty Days,? Phileas Fogg, a very generous man from London, all of a sudden replies that he can travel around the world in eighty days. The men around him think he is crazy and offer to make a wager. He goes around the table betting every man. They figure he would leave in a few days to plan but he ends up leaving the same night. Along with Phileas goes his assistant Passepartout. Passepartout was a real ladies-man. He had to go to England in a basket hiding from the women. Right after they leave for their journey the Bank of England gets 50 thousand pounds stolen from it. Everyone

believes it is Phileas and Passepartout. However, the ones who think it wasn?t them feel that the thief will get away with it. They started off in a hot air balloon and while it was in the air the gas valve got stuck. Passepartout climbs up the balloon to try and fix it but he almost falls out. They end up landing at some sort of dance somewhere in Spain. Deserted in Spain, Phileas asks a man for a ship. The man says yes, but only if Passepartout steps in the ring for a bullfight. So, they get the ship to Mongolia. When they get there, Passepartout, feeling a little confident, decides to fight a camel like a bull. They end up getting chased out of the country on a train. By this time, they think Phileas is a criminal, so they have a warrant out for his arrest. Meanwhile, they

realize at some point the track ends for fifty miles. Therefore, they determine to get an elephant. One night they stop to sleep and discover a cult about to sacrifice a woman. In fact she was the princess. Passepartout runs off and saves her himself. All the while, at home, they are reading this in the papers and still think that Phileas is crazy. On their way to another country in a steamship, Phileas tells the Princess about traveling around the world and she is just fascinated. She asks Passepartout about Fogg?s love life because she is interested in him. When they get to land, Passepartout meets up with a detective that asks him to delay Phileas for 24 hours, and tells him that the boat that Fogg wants is earlier than expected. Passepartout ends up getting drugged and taken

to Yokohama before he can tell Phileas about the early ship. Consequently, Phileas has to get another ship to Yokohama in order to get the ship to San Fransisco on time. When they got to San Fransisco, they got a railroad right away. However, Indians stopped them, but they were peaceful. It was the Indians further down the line that gave them trouble. Passepartout ended up falling off the train and was captured by them. Phileas would not leave without his man though. Although it would delay him a day or two, he had to rescue Passpartout. At last they get a ship to London. Nevertheless, the boat runs out of steam. Phileas buys the boat off of the ship captain and burns all of the cargo on the ship so the boat gets moving. When they get to London, Phileas gave the boat back to the

Captain. Right as they are about to get on the train home, the warrant finally catches up to Phileas. He is arrested with 8 hours left on the clock. Eventually, they find the real robber of the bank. They get the train home thinking they lost the bet. Fogg arranges to marry the princess and sends Passepartout to get the priest. On his way out he picks up a newspaper and figures out that he has a few hours left. Fogg calculates the days and realizes that they crossed the International Date Line, which gave them an extra day. Phileas runs to the reform club and makes it at the last second and won the bet. Jules Verne (1828-1905) used a combination of scientific facts and his imagination to take readers on incredible resourceful journeys to freakish places. In such books as Around