Kidblog Assignment

Notice and Note Signposts

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

By: Jules Verne

Contrasts & Contradictions

In chapter 25 or page 136, Harry got courage when his uncle told him to start a journey to find him so they would be back together.

" 'Make a start, like a good fellow.' These words served to rouse some kind of courage in my sinking frame."

I thought he would feel utterly hopeless when he heard he had to start his journey to find his uncle, but he got courage from it. It surprised me.

aha Moment

On page 16, Harry tells his uncle the interpretation he had figured out about the strange manuscript. When his uncle figures out what it says, he decides to go to the center of the earth which definitely changed the plot.


" 'I have made a very important discovery.' "

The Manuscript:

" Which dog Latin being translated, reads as follows:

Descend into the crater of Yocul of Sneffels, which the shade of Scartaris caresses, before the kalends of July, audacious traveler, and you will reach the center of the earth. I did it.


Harry's Uncle:

" 'Let me have something to eat. We can then start at once. Get my portmanteau ready.' "

Memory Moment

Once they started their journey, Harry started remembering his home above and missed it very much. It is funny, because later Harry is very passionate on getting to the center of the earth.

Chapter 13, page 73:

"In a few moments, however, my thoughts were far away, back in my German home, with Gretchen and the old cook. What would I have given for one of my cousin’s smiles, for one of the ancient domestic’s omelettes, and for my own feather bed!"

Words of the Wiser

Before they started their journey, Harry was always thinking that they were going to die because of what the other scientists had said. His uncle told him that he should test theories before he believes everything he hears.

Chapter 4, page 20:

“ 'All scientific teaching, theoretical and practical, shows it to be impossible.'

'I care nothing for theories,' retorted my uncle.

'But is it not well-known that heat increases one degree for every seventy feet you descend into the earth? Which gives a fine idea of the central heat. All the matters which compose the globe are in a state of incandescence; even gold, platinum, and the hardest rocks are in a state of fusion. What would become of us?'

'Don’t be alarmed at the heat, my boy.'

'How so?'

'Neither you nor anybody else know anything about the real state of the earth’s interior. All modern experiments tend to explode the older theories. Were any such heat to exist, the upper crust of the earth would be shattered to atoms, and the world would be at an end.' ”

Tough Questions

Right before they started the journey, Harry was wondering if everything he had heard could be trusted. This doesn't really come out as a true answer, and you never really know if his uncle was thinking straight.

Chapter 4, page 21:

"Was all I had heard really and truly possible? Was my uncle in his sober senses, and could the interior of the earth be reached?"

Again and Again

Along their journey, they keep talking about how grateful they were for the stream. It is brought up many times throughout their journey.

Pages 114, 108, 115, 109, 111, and 112 are some examples of where they talk about it.

Page 114, Chapter 21:

"The murmuring stream flowed quietly at our feet. I could not but compare it to some familiar spirit, guiding us through the earth, and I dabbled my fingers in its tepid water, which sang like a naiad as we progressed. "


In my discussions with Leslie Hilares, Leah Whitehouse, Henry Rausch and Josh Knupp, we talked about the difficult language used. It was very scientific, so there were many old technologies or terms we didn't know. We made connections and asked questions that we discussed. Overall, it was pretty useful to have because it helped me understand the book better.
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