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  1.  Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

    QUESTION

    1. In Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg makes an impulsive wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days or less. This excerpt from the story is told from the third-person point of view, focusing on the perspective of Passepartout, Fogg’s loyal servant. How does focusing on Passepartout’s point of view affect the story? 

 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
The concept of going around the world and back to where one started – circumnavigation – is one far too complex a notion that even the people of today have not yet fully grasped. Yet this was the bet that Mr. Fogg had placed, claiming he could go around the world in eighty days. Their adventure – Mr. Fogg and his loyal servant, Passepartout – was an exciting one as they sought to beat deadlines and time zones differentials. However, Jules Verne tells the story from Passepartout’s perspective, which in turn, affect the story. Even more so, the tale is set in the year 1873, which also influence the events of the storyline. This paper analyzes how these two concepts of storytelling affect the story and the events in the story.
The point of view through which a story is told is very important as it helps the reader understand the character’s feelings and actions better. Therefore, telling a story from one’s characters point of view affect how the reader perceives the events of the story as well as how the characters are portrayed. This story is told from Passepartout’s point of view, thus enabling the reader to explore the story through the eyes of Passepartout. For instance, as the writer narrates the story, he explicates how Passepartout felt so far within their journey, making him the major point of view within the story. Despite their being other major protagonists, the reader is lured to focus more on Passepartout, who is only but a loyal servant. Even more so, the feelings and anticipations of the other characters are unveiled from his perspective, which might have been different when told from another person’s perspective. Nonetheless, focusing on Passepartout makes him the main protagonist who help see through his master’s bet.
Secondly, it important to note that the story is told in year 1873, which tremendously influences the story. During this time, modes of transport were majorly premature and unreliable, especially in areas far from England. In this excerpt, the train from Bombay was supposed to ferry them to Calcutta, an express journey. However, as many other passengers had known, they had to stop beyond Rothal and drive themselves to another pick up station. If the tory had been told in a later time, this would definitely not have been part of their experience.
The time period also made the idea of traveling around the world sound like an impossibility, bringing for the bet. If the story were told in a later date, it would have been easy for Mr. Fogg and his companions to take a flight to wherever he was to go. Even more so, they look for a means of transport throughout the village only to end up with none. Therefore, they end up buying an elephant and hiring a rider to drive it. It was only during this period in time that Indians could engage themselves in taming and riding elephants for commercial purposes. What is more, there was no other reliable mode of transport save for such improvising.
In conclusion, it is evident that a story is affected by various aspects of storytelling such as perspective and time setting. In this excerpt, Passepartout’s point of view affect how the reader perceives the story while the time period in which the story is set affects the rigors of their journey. The means of transport is immature and somehow unreliable, making the story exciting and adventurous.

 

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