Captain Nemo Character Analysis

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The character I have chosen for my project from the book, “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” is Captain Nemo, a brilliantly mysterious and sinister character who yet still shows compassion and sorrow. He is the kind of character that you many have mixed emotions about because of his reactions to different situations. Captain Nemo hates war, and throughout the book, he uses his submarine to destroy all kinds of war related ships. But with his good deed comes a very bad one, he has destroyed ships that contained innocent people on them. “I am not what you call a civilized man! I have done with society entirely, for reasons which I alone have the right of appreciating. I do not, therefore, obey its laws, and I desire you never to allude to them before me again!" Captain Nemo has been hurt in his life many times and one of the main situations that deeply affect him is the loss of his family. He has turned his back on the mankind because he feels that everyone has evil in them that the world could live without. His creation the Nautilus is his own little get away, he lives by his own rules, travels wherever he pleases and since he is the captain he has authority over everyone who sets foot on his ship including his faithful crew. I would say that Captain Nemo’s ship and voyages are his way to cope with his loses, uses the sea as his own little world that he can escape from the rules of society. Nemo takes on three men named Aronnax, Ned Land, and Conseil who were trying to find the mysterious creator, after being thrown overboard by the alleged monster, they find themselves underneath it. Come to find out the monster was actually Nemo’s ship. He takes them abroad and the three men quickly find out that he isn’t one of the greatest captains sailing the sea. Aronnax uses his time spent on Nemo’s ship to study science while his crewmate Ned Land plans to escape the ship.

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