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In Gulliver's Travels, what does Gulliver do when he realizes that the Lilliputians...

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Posted May 30, 2012 at 4:11 AM via web

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In Gulliver's Travels, what does Gulliver do when he realizes that the Lilliputians are only six inches high?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM (Answer #1)

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After lying down in a field to sleep, Gulliver wakes up to find that he has been bound to the ground by ropes and pegs. In confusion, he struggles, and is met with the sight of a Lilliputian standing on his chest, only six inches high. He screams and struggles harder, trying to get free:

At length, struggling to get loose, I had the fortune to break the strings, and wrench out the pegs that fastened my left arm to the ground... I a little loosened the strings that tied down my hair on the left side, so that I was just able to turn my head about two inches.
(Swift, Gulliver's Travels, eNotes eText)

However, the Lilliputians react in fear and fire tiny arrows at him. They don't hurt him much, but are irritating, and Gulliver resolves to remain still until nightfall, when he can use his single arm to free himself. Gulliver's size attracts the attention of the emperor, who tries to communicate, and after feeding Gulliver he is taken to the royal castle; Gulliver, unwilling to bite the hand that feeds him, allows himself to be restrained instead of trying to fight back.

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