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Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

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What is the setting of the novel Around the World in Eighty Days?

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Setting is generally the time and place of a story. The time is the easier setting to define for this story. Fogg begins his journey around the world in October of 1872. He begins his journey from his home city of London, England where he is an English gentleman. His journey is part bet and part experimental proof. It has been stated that the journey can be made, but most of Fogg's colleagues don't believe it. If you have to pick one setting location that gets more page time than any other location, then London is that setting location since the book begins and ends in London. The world is a large place, and Fogg's journey has to take him to many places that Verne simply didn't have time to write about or didn't want to write about. As for places that the story spends a fair amount of time in, Fogg's story spends a fair amount of time telling readers about Passepartout in India, San Francisco and New York in the United States, Japan, and a ship on the Pacific ocean.

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As the title of the story implies, Jules Verne's novel is one of multiple settings and locations around the world. Beginning his voyage in October 1872, Phileas Fogg first travels from his London home to the Middle East (Suez). From there he travels by train and steamer (and elephant) through India and on to Hong Kong. He continues on to Yokohama, Japan before crossing the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, the longest part of his journey (22 days). From California, he takes the train to New York City before eventually reaching London with one second to spare--and winning the bet. He visits many lands in between and even returns with the woman of his dreams.

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