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20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

By Jules Verne

Jules Verne's vintage technology fiction tale Twenty Thousand Leagues below the ocean tells the good story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus. In 1866 an odd and unknown sea monster is sighted by means of ships and an ocean liner is attacked. An excursion prepares in big apple, to discover and smash the menacing creature. The 20,000 of the identify refers to an total distance traveled less than the ocean, instead of an very unlikely degree of descent.

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An envoy from Arabia brought him gifts, including a horse of brass, a mirror, a gold ring and a sword. The mirror and the ring were for the king’s daughter Canacee. The mirror allows the viewer to see danger and to detect falsehood in a woman. The sword can cut through armour and deliver wounds that cannot be cured save by the application of the flat of the same sword. The ring permits its wearer to understand the language of birds; hence Canacee is able to hear a female falcon lament about how she has been deserted by a tercel (male hawk).

Moreover, the Nights came to be associated with childhood reading and the opening up of the imagination that came from it. ’ Coleridge asked (in a letter to Thomas Poole in 1797), before answering: ‘I know all that has been said against it; but I have formed my faith in the affirmative. ) William Wordsworth’s The Prelude or, Growth of a Poet’s Mind (1850) is an autobiographical poem in blank verse, in which the poet searches for past sources of joy and recalls his childhood, including his youthful reading.

Early on in the novel, Catherine pretends to herself that she is like a merchant with his caravan – such as the merchant in the Nights story of the merchant and the jinni – but whereas the merchant’s expedition leads him to a dangerous encounter with the jinni, who wants to kill him, Catherine’s leads her to meet the demonic Heathcliff. Heathcliff is several times compared to a ghoul. On the other hand, Nelly Dean fancies that Heathcliff might be an Oriental prince in disguise. More important, perhaps, than specific references to the Nights, was the licence that the Arabic stories conferred for the wildness and passion that characterizes the storytelling of both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

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