Who was Professor Arronax in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

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Professor Arronax is the story's narrator. Consequently, he is also the main protagonist; however, that has always struck me as odd. Most people would say that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a story about Nemo—rather than it being a story about Arronax and his time with Nemo. This is probably because Arronax isn't an easy person to like. Nemo is far more mysterious and charismatic. Arronax is more often than not arrogant, and this doesn't endear him to readers. He too often thinks that he is the smartest person in the room. He also doubts nearly everything that he himself isn't capable of doing or thinking.:

That a private individual had at his disposition a mechanical contrivance of this sort was improbable. When and where could he have had it built, and how could he have kept its construction secret?

Arronax also is a man that enjoys having everybody praise his supreme knowledge. He admits that he wants to make sure the world knows about his adventures and the knowledge that he gained...

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