Monday, 24 October 2011

Unit 2...The Beginning

Well the start of a new unit and after reading the brief I was thoroughly intrigued and excited. Then came the blue box! Nervous rumagging and the words 'Folder 8' kept me in suspense but then to be pleasantly surprised with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. First thought was yay Jules Verne!

A bit of background info on the book itself to get me started...

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas is about the adventures of Captain Nemo and his crew aboard the submarine, Nautilus. One day ships start sinking, particularly ones dealing with war. Survivors think it is a big whale. A harpoon ship goes out to kill it, but finds out that the whale is actually the Nautilus.  (From

The Nautilus is shaped to look like a fish. A large metal fin on top to barge and sink ships with.

Captain Nemo explains that the submarine is electrically powered, and equipped to carry out cutting-edge marine biology research; he also tells his new passengers that while he appreciates having an expert such as Aronnax with whom to converse, they can never leave because he is afraid they will betray his existence to the world.

Their travels take them to numerous points in the world's oceans, some of which were known to Jules Verne from real travelers' descriptions and guesses, while others are completely fictional. Thus, the travelers witness the real corals of the Red Sea, the wrecks of the battle of Vigo Bay, the Antarctic ice shelves, and the fictional submerged Atlantis. The travelers also don diving suits to go on undersea expeditions away from the ship, where they hunt sharks and other marine life with specially designed guns and have a funeral for a crew member who died when an accident occurred inside the Nautilus. When the Nautilus returns to the Atlantic Ocean, a "poulpe" (usually translated as a giant squid, although the French "poulpe" means "octopus") attacks the vessel and devours a crew member.

 During the fight, the ship's steering is damaged, and the three protagonists are thrown overboard. They find themselves stranded on the "hide" of the creature, only to discover to their surprise that it is a large metal construct.

1 comment:

Steven Payne said...

this sounds great, emma! i have a feeling you're going to have a lot of fun with this one. mystery! suspense! giant squid! i can't wait to see where you go with this!