Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

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What is the theme of Journey to the Center of the Earth?

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In the famous adventure novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel discover a message left by explorer Arne Saknussemm in the pages of an ancient Icelandic saga. It tells of a passageway to the center of the Earth through the crater of a volcano in Iceland. They follow this path along with a guide named Hans and eventually discover many awesome wonders such as a vast underground sea, prehistoric creatures, strange plants, and even human-like giants. They are finally ejected through the vent of a volcano onto Stromboli, an island in Italy.

In order to appreciate the numerous themes of Journey to the Center of the Earth, it is important to understand its historical context. The novel was published in 1864, and the events in it take place in 1863. At that time, much of the Earth was still being explored and discovered. Additionally, it was a time of scientific inquiry when many educated people had a thirst for new knowledge and new ideas. Charles Darwin's groundbreaking book On the Origin of Species had only been published a few years previously.

Some of the main themes in the novel include the value of exploration and the thrill of discovery. Professor Lidenbrock does not hesitate to embark on his quest once he has deciphered the message, and the new worlds that the explorers see for the first time offer them great delight.

Related to the themes of exploration and discovery are the themes of courage and perseverance. The hardy explorers continue to advance toward their goal despite the many dangers that they...

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