What is an alternate story about Professor Sherman’s attempt to escape in Twenty-One Balloons?Please tell me the details about how he tries to escape, how the Krakatoans react, and whether or...

What is an alternate story about Professor Sherman’s attempt to escape in Twenty-One Balloons?

Please tell me the details about how he tries to escape, how the Krakatoans react, and whether or not he is successful.

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This would have to be a creative writing assignment, as the Professor never actually does try to escape the island of Krakatoa in the book.  Although he is told in no uncertain terms that he will not be allowed to leave now that he knows the island's secret, the Professor does not have much time to reflect very deeply upon his situation, as he is only there for three weeks.  Also, the Krakatoans make every effort to make sure the Professor is happy and comfortable with them on the island.

In writing an alternate story about the Professor's escape attempt, there are a number of things you would have to consider.  First of all, you would have to decide what mode of transportation he would use, and how he would secure that transportation while keeping his activities secret from the citizens of Krakatoa.  You would also have to consider how he would get provisions to sustain him on his planned journey away from the island, and where he would be aiming to go.  The Krakatoans' reaction to the Professor's escape would most likely manifest itself negatively; if not, you would have to account for their change of heart.

If you were going to write about the Professor actually undertaking his plan and perhaps succeeding, you might also want to think about the timeframe provided in the book. Remember, the Professor is only on the island for three weeks before it is destroyed by the volcano, so if he needs more time than that, you would have to change the timing on the volcanic eruption, or work it into your story.

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