The Begum's Fortune Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Like many Utopias, Verne's France Ville appears to be an ideal place. A closer look, however, may reveal definite shortcomings. Since the well being of the community is placed above that of the individual, personal freedom and independence sometimes are limited. In this way, France Ville is, perhaps, closer to Stahlstadt than it appears. A discussion of Verne's ideal city as well as of Utopias in general will raise a number of interesting topics. It may also lead to a comparison with other celebrated Utopias like the one by Sir Thomas More, or of anti-utopias like Voltaire's Candide (1759).

1. Like many science fiction writers, Verne believed that the future could bring an improved society. What are some of the ideals that he demonstrates in his plans for France Ville?

2. The Begum's Fortune is a satire that criticizes a number of issues. In the opening chapter, Verne takes the...

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