The Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Essay

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In the novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, Verne uses the alien sense of the book to portray an ever-changing world, the subtle transfer between modern days Germany (1864 modern Germany) to a mysterious world, the centre of the earth. Verne starts the reader out in a seemingly normal environment “My uncle was a German, having married my mother’s sister, an Englishwoman. Being very much attached to his fatherless nephew, he invited me to study under him in his home in the fatherland. This home was in a large town, and my uncle a professor of philosophy, chemistry, geology, mineralogy, and many other ologies . So as the novel begins, we see that everything appears to be normal, normal 19th century scientist that lives in a large town in Germany. We get our first real stab at the alien theme, that the novel fully introduces later in the story, after the professor comes racing into the house with a book that is written in runic lettering, they also find that there is a little sheet of parchment in it that has strange lettering on it. The runic lettering in the book is truly the first real thing that will hit the reader as a strange object, mostly because of the fact that the professor figures out that the runic lettering is Icelandic, “It is a Runic manuscript, the language of the original population of Iceland, invented by Odin himself,” cried my uncle, angry at my ignorance.1, yet it is located all the way in Germany. The reader at this point should also find the way that professor is acting towards the book as a very significant clue that this is not just some average book containing runic lettering. “Bother the dinner!” cried my uncle. But as I was hungry, I sallied forth to the dining room, where I took up my usual quarters. Out of politeness I waited three minutes, but no sign of my uncle, the Professor. I was surprised. He was not usually so

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