Why is the first section of Gulliver's Travels often considered suitable for children and not the others?

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The first section of Gulliver's Travels deals with his experiences on the islands of Lilliput and Blefuscu, where the people are tiny. The fantastic nature of these stories, plus the generally harmless political satire, make them appropriate for children. The later sections of the book have fewer fantasy-adventures and more overt satire, most of which is too obscure for children to understand. Additionally, the classic 1939 Max Fleischer animated film only adapted this first part, eliminating much of the satire and adding a romantic fairy-tale subplot; many adaptations, including the most recent live-action film, followed this lead. Gulliver's experiences on Lilliput were the most innocent of his travels, and people who haven't read the book are often unaware that there are any further parts to the story.


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