In Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, what are Gulliver's feelings when he opens his eyes in Lilliput?

Expert Answers
favoritethings eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Gulliver first opens his eyes in Lilliput, he does not really remark on his feelings.  He notes that he is bound by a great many ligatures to the ground, and he cannot get up.  He hears confused noises around him and feels something small advancing up his person.  When he finally sees that it is a humanoid creature, though no more than six inches tall, he "was in the utmost Astonishment."  It is no wonder that he would be surprised: he awakens to find himself tied down, even his hair is bound, and then he feels not just one but forty more such tiny creatures striding up his body.  When one of these creatures begins to speak to Gulliver in a language that he cannot understand, he describes himself as feeling a "great Uneasiness."  This almost seems like an understatement given the situation.  Of course he would be terribly uncomfortable in such a state.  Gulliver also feels "excessive pain" when he attempts to move his head to either side.  It is a rude awakening, to say the least.

Read the study guide:
Gulliver's Travels

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question