History Literature / TheMysteriousIsland

15th Jun '16 4:16:40 PM TitoMosquito
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* Foreshadowing: Early on in the book, the narration establishes that such is Cyrus' ScienceHero ability that you could tell the heroes the island was an erupting volcano and they'd only point at Cyrus and say he could handle it. Guess what happens at the end.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: Early on in the book, the narration establishes that such is Cyrus' ScienceHero ability that you could tell the heroes the island was an erupting volcano and they'd only point at Cyrus and say he could handle it. Guess what happens at the end.
4th Apr '16 4:17:02 AM Korodzik
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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In the very last chapter, [[spoiler:Jup the Orangutan]] is off-handedly mentioned to have fallen into a crevice and died.
2nd Apr '16 12:03:24 AM Chabal2
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* WackyAmericansHaveW: Bonadventure, Gideon, Nabuchodonosor

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* WackyAmericansHaveW: WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Bonadventure, Gideon, NabuchodonosorNabuchodonosor...
2nd Apr '16 12:02:10 AM Chabal2
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* BadassBookworm: Cyrus spends most of the novel using his brains to solve problems, but even he's a good shot and even shanks a pirate.



** [[spoiler: Lincoln Island is actually a subversion too, Captain Nemo lives underneath it]]

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** [[spoiler: Lincoln Island is actually a subversion too, Captain Nemo lives underneath it]]it.]]



* DeusExMachina: The whole plot is basically a sequence of those. In a surprisingly TropesAreNotBad way, they almost always create ''more'' suspense than they resolve, until the very end.

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* DeusExMachina: The whole plot is basically a sequence of those.those [[spoiler:Cyrus and Top being rescued, finding a crate of tools and useful items, tossing down a ladder, lighting a beacon during a storm, blowing up the pirates...]]. In a surprisingly TropesAreNotBad way, they almost always create ''more'' suspense than they resolve, until the very end.



* Foreshaodwing: Early on in the book, the narration establishes that such is Cyrus' ScienceHero ability that you could tell them the island was an erupting volcano and they'd only point at Cyrus and say he could handle it. Guess what happens at the end.

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* Foreshaodwing: Foreshadowing: Early on in the book, the narration establishes that such is Cyrus' ScienceHero ability that you could tell them the heroes the island was an erupting volcano and they'd only point at Cyrus and say he could handle it. Guess what happens at the end.



* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Most of the colonists (save Pencroff) believe the stranded pirates should be shown mercy and allowed to live, after seeing how repentant Ayrton became. Then they shot Herbert.



* LargeHam: Pencroff.

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* LargeHam: Pencroff. When the colonists test out the cannons they recently installed, his hurrahs are as loud as the explosions.



* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Pencroff's insults are sometimes described by their severity rather than being listed.



* ScienceHero: Cyrus Smith. He's stated to be an "engineer", but seems to be equally at home with physics, botany, chemistry and metallurgy. Between his knowledge and the whole group's determination, they build a plantation, an explosives plant, a smeltery, and a telegraph system out of little more than raw materials (plus a little help from a mysterious benefactor).

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* ScienceHero: ScienceHero:
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Cyrus Smith. He's stated to be an "engineer", but seems to be equally at home with physics, botany, chemistry and metallurgy. Between his knowledge and the whole group's determination, they build a plantation, an explosives plant, a smeltery, and a telegraph system out of little more than raw materials (plus a little help from a mysterious benefactor).benefactor).
** Herbert studied botany as a hobby, which comes in useful on the island when it comes to identifying plants.


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* WackyAmericansHaveW: Bonadventure, Gideon, Nabuchodonosor
1st Apr '16 5:03:17 AM Morgenthaler
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If this sounds familiar, it's because it's based on Alexander Selkirk, whose life-story had already served as the basis for ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and ''TheSwissFamilyRobinson''. Possibly as a way to distinguish itself from the other two books, Verne's yarn adds a mystery sub-plot. Someone or something is watching over the castaways; apparently aiding them at times, but whether their ultimate objective in doing so is for good or ill remains unclear for much of the book.

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If this sounds familiar, it's because it's based on Alexander Selkirk, whose life-story had already served as the basis for ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and ''TheSwissFamilyRobinson''.''Literature/TheSwissFamilyRobinson''. Possibly as a way to distinguish itself from the other two books, Verne's yarn adds a mystery sub-plot. Someone or something is watching over the castaways; apparently aiding them at times, but whether their ultimate objective in doing so is for good or ill remains unclear for much of the book.
15th Mar '16 2:22:39 PM Chabal2
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* Foreshaodwing: Early on in the book, the narration establishes that such is Cyrus' ScienceHero ability that you could tell them the island was an erupting volcano and they'd only point at Cyrus and say he could handle it. Guess what happens at the end.


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* RunningGag: Herbert and Pencroff continue the identify an animal by its scientific name/edible or not gag from 20,000 Leagues.
3rd Feb '16 12:57:18 PM tropesinreadiness
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* MisplacedVegetation / MisplacedWildlife : Lincoln Island has almost implausible levels of biodiversity and has species that couldn't realistically exist in the latitude it's supposed to lie in. This was something already noted by Verne's ''contemporaries''. His answer ? A wink, followed by a 19. century version of the MST3KMantra slash RuleOfCool argument.

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* MisplacedVegetation / MisplacedWildlife : MisplacedWildlife: Lincoln Island has almost implausible levels of biodiversity and has species that couldn't realistically exist in the latitude it's supposed to lie in. This was something already noted by that even Verne's ''contemporaries''. ''contemporaries'' noticed. His answer ? answer? A wink, followed by a 19. century 19th-century version of the MST3KMantra slash RuleOfCool argument.argument.
* NoteFromEd: Verne's creative solution to the SeriesContinuityError mentioned above (see the "Canon Welding" entry) was to [[LampshadeHanging call attention to it]] in a couple of footnotes supposedly added by the publisher. [[FootnoteFever Each of which simply refers the reader to the other footnote!]]
4th Sep '15 12:52:38 PM DSample
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''The Mysterious Island'' (or ''L'Île Mystérieuse'', if you want to use the original French title) is a novel by Creator/JulesVerne. Originally published in 1874, the book is essentially a castaway story. During the American Civil War, 5 Union Soldiers and their dog companion escape a Confederate prison in a balloon. Unfortunately, a storm blows them off course and they end up on a deserted island, which they are forced to make their new home. This being a Verne story, our heroes are far too industrious to merely ''survive''. Over the course of the book, they tame the island and reconstruct the civilization they left behind. They become quite content in their new home, but never enough to abandon their ultimate quest to re-establish contact with the rest of the world.

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''The Mysterious Island'' (or ''L'Île Mystérieuse'', if you want to use the original French title) is a novel by Creator/JulesVerne. Originally published in 1874, the book is essentially a castaway story. During the American Civil War, 5 Union Soldiers five prisoners, and their dog companion escape a Confederate prison in a balloon. Unfortunately, a storm blows them off course and they end up on a deserted island, which they are forced to make their new home. This being a Verne story, our heroes are far too industrious to merely ''survive''. Over the course of the book, they tame the island and reconstruct the civilization they left behind. They become quite content in their new home, but never enough to abandon their ultimate quest to re-establish contact with the rest of the world.
15th Jan '15 9:25:01 PM tropesinreadiness
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''The Mysterious Island'' (or ''L'Île Mystérieuse'', if you want to use the original French title) is a novel by Creator/JulesVerne. Originally published in 1874, the book is essentially a castaway story. During the American Civil War, 5 Union Soldiers and their dog companion escape a Confederate prison in a [[strike: hot air]] balloon. Unfortunately, a storm blows them off course and they end up on a deserted island, which they are forced to make their new home. This being a Verne story, our heroes are far too industrious to merely ''survive''. Over the course of the book, they tame the island and reconstruct the civilization they left behind. They become quite content in their new home, but never enough to abandon their ultimate quest to re-establish contact with the rest of the world.

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''The Mysterious Island'' (or ''L'Île Mystérieuse'', if you want to use the original French title) is a novel by Creator/JulesVerne. Originally published in 1874, the book is essentially a castaway story. During the American Civil War, 5 Union Soldiers and their dog companion escape a Confederate prison in a [[strike: hot air]] balloon. Unfortunately, a storm blows them off course and they end up on a deserted island, which they are forced to make their new home. This being a Verne story, our heroes are far too industrious to merely ''survive''. Over the course of the book, they tame the island and reconstruct the civilization they left behind. They become quite content in their new home, but never enough to abandon their ultimate quest to re-establish contact with the rest of the world.
22nd Oct '14 9:37:50 PM theAdeptRogue
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* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Cyrus Smith
** TheLancer: Pencroff
** TheMedic: Spilett
** TheSmartGuy: Smith, Harbert, and Spilett
** TheChick: Neb. Figuratively, not literally. Minus an offhand mention in the last chapter, there are no women in this story.
** TheSixthRanger: Ayrton
** TagalongKid: Harbert
** TeamPet: Top and Jup
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