For Unit Two I have been assigned three extracts from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a story with which I am only vaguely familiar but a quick TV Tropes search has told me that it's a lot darker than I thought it would be. I already have a handful of initial thoughts, so here they are in muddled, bullet-point format to be referred back to as the unit progresses.
- The Nautilus (the submarine on which the protagonists travel) is both a grandiose, wondrous place and a prison; Captain Nemo will not let the three main characters leave for fear that they will reveal his existence. The submarine becomes a gilded cage, and nearly drives one of the protagonists mad. These layers of the Nautilus will definitely be interesting to look at.
- Nemo claims to loathe despots an yet, in a way, becomes one himself - I may look at fascist aesthetics and propaganda to get that upbeat yet horrifying-in-retrospect feel.
- Real submarines are incredibly cluastrophobic and tight-pressed for space, like ships but more so. Sure, the Nautilus is this magnificent spectacle, but it might be interesting to consider it as a more conventional sub.
- Everybody takes a very Victorian/steampunk-with-electricity look at the story - why not try a cyberpunk or dieselpunk aesthetic?