The Life of Jules Verne

February 8, 1828 - March 24, 1905

Early Life

Jules Verne was born in Nantes, France. At an early age, Jules was very rebellious around his family, but never successful. At twelve, it has been told that he worked as a cabin boy on a ship, but his father intercepted it before it left the port. This event marked why he wanted to start writing because he told his parents that he would only leave " using his imagination".

Adult Life

When Jules was 19, he had already been writing long stories and poems. His dad told him to stop his book career and follow the family in the lawyer business, so Jules gave in and started his schooling in Paris. He finished schooling in Paris during the French Revolution of 1848, but he fell in love with the theater. He published some of his works, but it wasn't enough to support him. He became a stockbroker later and could afford to marry Honorine de Viane and have a child named Michel. His life turned around when he found Jean Hetzel who published many of his books. Jules Verne became a successful author and created a wonderful world to a reader's mind.

Some of Jules Verne's Books

Theme Analysis

Throughout the book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne demonstrates how men are against nature to meet their final goal. Axel, Lidenbrock, and Hans face many challenges on their journey to the center of the Earth. The group faced an abyss, " Nothing was more intoxicating than this attraction of the abyss. I was going to fall. A hand held me back. Hans," ( Verne 86). The abyss causes Axel to feel light and unconscious, which causes continual struggles throughout the book. Later the group encounters a storm and describes its features, " No, the luminous power of this light, its flickering diffusion, its clear dry whiteness, the lowness of its temperature, its brilliance, all pointed to an electrical origin. It was like an aurora borealis, a continuous cosmic phenomenon, filling this cavern big enough to hold an ocean," (Verne 138). This event expresses how powerful nature is on their journey on the mountain. The group works together throughout these struggles and learn to cope with nature instead of going against it.

Figurative Language

Metaphor- " I imagined I was travelling through a hollowed-out diamond with rays disintegrating into a thousand dazzling lights," (Verne 108). Axel describes how beautiful the land is underneath the ground. Verne put this in here to show one perception of this panorama.

Simile- " his nose, long and thin, was like a sharpened blade," (Verne 5). Verne put this in here to show Lidenbrock's defining features for the reader to visualize.

New Learning/ Overall Thoughts

Throughout this book, Jules Verne uses imagery to help imagine the " Center of the Earth", which help me visualize the beautiful place. I've learned of equipment used to tell the magnetic balance of an area and animals in the book I've never heard of before. I think this was an amazing book and would recommend it as a 9/10 to anyone.