Go West—um, we mean, sea-ward—my son! In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne crafts an oceanic world filled with marvelous sights and endless delights. But every expedition has its downsides. Nemo's quest to conquer the South Pole nearly gets him, and everyone else on board the Nautilus, killed. Plus, Arronax starts to wonder whether or not (wo)man was meant to see everything this group has seen. So, Verne seems to suggest that even the greatest, most amazing people, places, and things have a dark side. The book's also got us thinkin' that maybe man isn't meant to conquer every corner of the earth… or outer space.
Nemo's discoveries, however great they may be, are overshadowed by the incidents of violence that interpolate them.
No matter how deep into the ocean Nemo goes, he cannot hide from his anger or his pain.