Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Around the World in 80 Days - 7

Sutee (Self-Immolation)Self-immolation (or Suttee) was a traditional Hindu ritual practiced in India, whereby a grieving widow will voluntarily lie by her husband's side on his funeral pyre, where she is burned alive next to the corpse.Suttee had been practiced throughout India for centuries, before it was outlawed by the occupying British in 1829 (though occurrences have persisted until present day, causing it to be banned again in 1956, and again in 1981--some people just don't listen). Does this scene occur in Around the World in 80 Days?

Around the World in 80 Days
Summary (Chapter 7-Phileas Fogg, Passepartout and Sir Francis Have an Adventure


Ali takes a shortcut as this saves time but the journey is rougher than the usual one. Passepartout is enjoying himself, feeling like a clown on a vault. They ride through a thick forest and then dry fields, noticing some animals, mainly monkeys. Along the way Passepartout is wondering what his monsieur will do to Kiouni once they arrive at Allahabad. They have gone half the distance to the other railway station by the evening. They stop at a run-down hut and sleep there. The next morning, at six o'clock they start travelling again, with only 12 miles to go.


Suddenly, they hear loud voices coming through the woods. A group of men dressed in costumes pull a cart with a statue on it. There is a young girl being pulled by another group of men. The poor girl's name is Aouda, the daughter of a wealthy merchant in Bombay. Phileas and the company plan to save Aouda. They wait until it is dark, go to the hut, cut open the hut and steal her away. The poor girl looks half-dead. Suddenly, the bandits notice this and chase after them. They quickly run and climb onto Kiouni, then she thunders through the forest. Phileas safely tucks Aouda in one of the howdahs with her still sleeping soundly.




Characters:

1. Phileas Fogg

2. Passepartout

3. Sir Francis

4. Kiouni, the elephant

5. Ali, the guide

6. passengers

7. bandits

8. a group of men dressed in costumes

9. Aouda, daughter of a wealthy merchant

10.the guards


Setting (Places):

1. thick forest

2. dry fields

3. Allahabad

4. run-down hut

5. railway station

6. a banana tree

7. the woods

8. Bombay

9. howdahs on the elephant



Tasks:

1. Imagine how Aouda looks like, draw her figure and look according to your imagination and the description in the novel.

2. In this novel, Aouda is captured by bandits for the ramsom her family would pay to get her back. Is this scene the same as in the original novel by Jules Verne? If not, what is the difference between the two?

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