Monday, July 22, 2013


From the novel you have read, write about a character you like the most and give reasons to support your answer.

From the novel "Around the World in 80 Days", the character that I like the most is Phileas Fogg. One reason why I like him very much is because he is a very brave person. His bravery can be seen from the evidence found in the novel.

Firstly, Fogg declares that it is possible to go around the world in 80 days at the Reform Club. He bets twenty thousand pounds against anyone that he will make the tour around the world in 80 days or less. What he does is indeed very risky as he could become a poor man if he loses the bet, hence a clear proof of him being a brave character.

Secondly, in his journey in the jungle of India, Fogg has to travel on the back of an elephant named Kiouni. Suddenly, his group meets a group of bandits who have kidnapped the daughter of a wealthy merchant. They decide to save Aouda by breaking down the walls of the hut where she is kept. He risks not only his life but also this might delay his journey and he does all that because of his bravery.

Thirdly, in a train journey to New York, it was suddenly attacked by a band of outlaws. When the passengers are later counted on the station platform of Kearney Fort, it is found that several passengers are missing, including Passerpartout. Fogg decides to go with the soldiers to save Passerpartout and other people. He has participated in another dangerous event which might get him killed. However, as a very courageous man, he did not hesitate to do all that.

All in all, Phileas Fogg is the hero in the story who dares to take all the risks that could pose danger to him. His bravery is the reason that makes me like him so much.

(1) The evidence in the sample essay could also be used for other questions such as write about the theme, moral value, or lesson that can be learned, but you have to change its introduction and concluding paragraphs.

(2) As for the question: write about an event/incident, one of the content points (in one of the paragraphs) can also be used but try to add in more details. It is better if you can provide simple reasons why you have chosen this particular event/incident.

(3) For PT3 examination, students should write shorter essay, i.e. providing only one reason/event to support their answer or else they won't be able to finish the exam paper.

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