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What is the main idea of Gulliver's Travels?

One could argue that the main idea of Gulliver's Travels is that we must always be prepared to challenge our cultural preconceptions. As with anyone, Gulliver harbors many such preconceptions and...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 10:52 am UTC

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What lands does Gulliver visit in Gulliver's Travels?

Jonathan Swift's book Gulliver's Travels, begins with a letter from Gulliver to his cousin, and is then divided into four parts. Each part is named after the places he visits in that section. Parts...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021 12:09 pm UTC

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How did Gulliver reach Lilliput, and how was he treated by the Lilliputians?  

At first, the Lilliputians assume that, because of his size, Gulliver will be violent and aggressive, so they treat him as an enemy. They tie him down, shoot him with arrows, and eventually...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2017 11:53 am UTC

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How did the war between Lilliput and Blefuscu begin in Gulliver's Travels?  

Jonathan Swift brilliantly satirizes conflicts in the Western world through the Lilliput - Blefuscu war in his novel, Gulliver's Travels. Though the war is bitter and violent, the conflict between...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016 8:10 pm UTC

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How does Swift use irony in Gulliver's Travels?

Irony occurs when there is some discrepancy between what we expect and what the reality is. We do not really expect Gulliver to end up in locations where human beings are so very different,...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2017 10:11 pm UTC

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Describe the character of Gulliver in Gulliver's Travels.

Gulliver is an adventurous soul, possessed with an insatiable wanderlust that makes it impossible for him to settle down in any one place for too long. No sooner is he back in the bosom of his...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 4:36 am UTC

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In Gulliver's Travels, the explanation about the rope dancers is a clear example of Swift’s satire coming out....

Swift used the Lilliputians to satirize the English court of his day. In a broad sense, the rope-dancers in chapter three can be seen as a comic take on the work people in the English court would...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2017 12:51 pm UTC

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What is the main satirical point in part 4 of Gulliver's Travels?

The main satirical point in part 4 of Gulliver’s Travels is essentially the same as that in the first three books, though it is perhaps even more bluntly expressed. That point is to ridicule and...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 6:28 am UTC

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In Gulliver's Travels, what are some of the problems Gulliver poses to the Lilliputians?

Gulliver's large size is the biggest problem the Lilliputians have with him. When he falls asleep on their shores and they come across his huge body, they are naturally terrified. After all, if he...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2021 12:32 pm UTC

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In Gulliver's Travels, what is Swift's message for humanity?

Gulliver's various journeys can be seen as providing him with valuable experience of the wider world. A somewhat naive and insular young man at the start of his journeys, Gulliver becomes more...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 4:35 pm UTC

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What are three examples of satire from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels?

Lilliput and Blefuscu are satirical depictions of England and France. Like England and France, these two countries are at one another's throats politically and culturally. Their big dispute is...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 12:45 am UTC

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What is the major difference between the 2 societies, the Lilliputians and the Brobdingnagian in Gulliver’s Travels?

The major difference between the Lilliputians and Brobdingnagians is that of character. The Lilliputians though small in size were cruel, disrespectful and ungrateful towards Gulliver. First and...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2015 1:52 pm UTC

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Discuss the narrative technique in Swift's Gulliver's Travels.

Swift presents Gulliver's Travels as a series of first-person travelogue journals. This is done to mimic the style of travelogue books, which were popular during the novel's time of publication....

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 2:13 pm UTC

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How was Gulliver tied down on the seashore?

In chapter 1 of part 1, Gulliver wakes up on the seashore, unable to move. He finds that his arms and legs are "strongly fastened on each side to the ground," and his hair is "tied down in the same...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019 8:30 am UTC

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Describe Gulliver's experience in Lilliput.

When Gulliver first wakes up in Lilliput, he feels a desire to suddenly seize forty or fifty of the tiny Lilliputians and "dash them against the Ground." He doesn't act on this urge because he...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016 11:43 am UTC

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What is an example of satire in part 2 of Gulliver's Travels?

One example of satire in part 2 of Gulliver’s Travels is the location of Brobdingnag. In the text of part 2, Jonathan Swift provides a map of the fictional country, which appears to reside in the...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2020 3:22 am UTC

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What is the point of view of Gulliver's Travels?

The first person point of view in Gulliver's Travels is important as it makes it much easier for the reader to identify with the story's protagonist. During his epic voyage, Gulliver encounters...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 12:03 pm UTC

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What is Swift satirizing in Gulliver's Travels?

Jonathan Swift was one of the leading satirists in English literature. In Gulliver's Travels, he satirizes many aspects of literature, politics, religion, and philosophy, even critiquing the "tall...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2017 3:21 pm UTC

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Can you provide a character sketch of Lemuel Gulliver?  

Lemuel Gulliver is the protagonist of Swift's satire Gulliver's Travels. He was born in Nottinghamshire, England in approximately 1661 to a middle- or upper-middle-class family. He attended...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2017 6:03 am UTC

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What were the targets of Swift's satire in Gulliver's Travels?

Many have pointed out how Swift uses Gulliver's Travels to satirize specific institutions of his day, be it the British parliament, political factions in government, the monarchy, or the Royal...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2018 4:56 am UTC

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What satire can we find in part 4 of Gulliver's Travels? How does it criticize society?

I would suggest that the fourth part of Gulliver's Travels contains a criticism of the rationalism the Enlightenment espoused. Indeed, it's worth keeping in mind that Jonathan Swift himself could...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 11:26 pm UTC

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What is the general theme of Gulliver's Travels?

The satirical allegory Gulliver’s Travels was published in 1726 by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). The book incorporates the author’s vision and criticism of humankind, and is especially savage towards...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 4:07 pm UTC

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Why is language important in Gulliver's Travels?

Language is a recurring theme in Gulliver's Travels as he voyages to other nations that are vastly different and quite imaginary. In particular, when Gulliver travels to the land of the Houyhnhnms,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2019 1:45 pm UTC

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Discuss Gulliver's Travels as a satire.  

Satire pokes fun at social problems and human weaknesses, often using exaggeration. In Gulliver's Travels, Swift pokes fun at the human tendency to equate physical beauty with moral beauty and...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 7:08 pm UTC

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What does Gulliver experience in Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels?

In Lilliput, the six-inch-high residents of that land capture Gulliver, who has washed up on their shores. They bind him as he lies on the beach and shoot their tiny arrows in him, which do not...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2017 12:33 pm UTC

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What punishment was given to Gulliver by the king of Lilliput?

In chapter 7, Gulliver learns that Flimnap, Skyresh Bolgolam, and other politicians have drafted articles of impeachment for committing treason and other capital crimes against Lilliput. The...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018 3:56 pm UTC

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In Gulliver's Travels, who was Gulliver's worst enemy in Lilliput?

I would say there are several potential candidates. First, as the answer previous to this one has already given, there is Skyris Bolgolam, who certainly emerges as a major candidate, given his...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 12:12 am UTC

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What is Swift's attitude towards Mankind in Gulliver's Travels?

In general, it is clear that Swift's depiction of the societies his protagonist, Gulliver, encounters during his adventures suggests a cynical perspective. Swift's point of view is not positive or...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2017 11:36 am UTC

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What happened to the Antelope, and where did Gulliver find himself (and in what condition) when he woke up?

In the classic fantasy Gulliver's Travels (or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World) by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's first voyage is to the land of the Lilliputians, a race of tiny people...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 6:27 am UTC

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What are the allegorical representations in Gulliver's Travels in general and in part one in particular?

The first answer to this post thoroughly covered the allegorical connections in part I of Gulliver's Travels. Swift goes on to write three more parts to Gulliver's Travels. Each part takes him to...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2017 12:54 pm UTC

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What are two funny situations from Part 1 of Gulliver's Travels?

Much of the humor in Part I comes from the visual imagery of the contrast in size between Gulliver and the Lilliputians. The image of their hundred arrows shot into his hand that feel like the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2017 12:02 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Gulliver's life in Lilliput and Brobdingnag.

Ironically, although Gulliver is initially charmed by the attractive looks of the tiny Lilliputians, they end up treating him badly. They show themselves, much like Swift's idea of the British, to...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017 11:51 am UTC

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If you were to grow very tiny like the Lilliputians, what are the things you would like to do?

The Lilliputians didn't make the best use of their tiny stature, as they tended to be petty and spend their time squabbling and taking offense over silly things. I would hope not to do that if I...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019 6:40 pm UTC

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What are the main incidents of Gulliver's Travels?    

Gulliver's Travels is a satire that follows the protagonist, Lemuel Gulliver, as he voyages to various exotic fictional locales. Each of the fantastic races he encounters in his travels satirizes...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2017 1:58 pm UTC

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Describe the rope dancing in Gulliver's Travels. Who does it? Why do they do it?

One day, after Gulliver has impressed the emperor and people with his gentleness and docility, the emperor decides to entertain Gulliver by allowing the visitor to watch the rope dancers who...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 11:30 pm UTC

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How does Gulliver escape the land of Lilliput?  

Gulliver discovers he is going to be accused of high treason in Lilliput. He also learns that, due to the "great leniency" of the ruler, he will only have to submit to having his eyes put out by...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2017 2:24 am UTC

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In Gulliver's Travels, why were Blefuscu and Lilliput enemies?  

In Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver discovers that Lilliput and a nearby island Blefescu have been at war for a long time over what seems to him to be a ridiculous issue: a dispute over which end one...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

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Please explain the following quote from Gulliver's Travels. "...I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be...

In speaking with the King of Brobdingnag, Gulliver discovers that their culture is very different from his own; they are peaceful and moralistic, and Gulliver decides that although somewhat naive,...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2012 5:50 pm UTC

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What is an example of metaphor in this story?

A metaphor is a comparison of two unalike things, where one thing is said to be another. One of the most powerful metaphors in the book is spoken by the giant King of Brobdingnag while he speaks...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 10:19 pm UTC

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Explain how Gulliver indicates he is a practical man. Use examples of how he restrains himself and accepts his...

Throughout the book, Lemuel Gulliver emphasizes his superiority to the people he encounters. One way he does so is by emphasizing his superior manners and well-reasoned behavior. Because the novel...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 12:04 am UTC

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Please provide a character sketch of the emperor of Lilliput. 

The emperor of Lilliput is not only a small man in terms of physical stature, but he is also small in the figurative sense of being petty. This pettiness is on full display when he becomes angry...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 8:38 pm UTC

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What was the name of Gulliver's second ship?

Gulliver's first ship was called the Swallow, and he worked as the ship's doctor under Captain Abraham Pannell. When he returned to London, he purchased a small house and got married. Then he...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2016 12:05 am UTC

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How was Gulliver treated by the farmer's daughter?

Gulliver is treated quite well by the farmer's young daughter, a girl he calls his "Glumdalclitch," which means little nurse. He says, in fact, that he would be guilty of great ingratitude, if...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019 5:15 pm UTC

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Explain one example of irony from either "A Voyage to Lilliput" or "A Voyage to Brobdingnag."

Irony occurs when words mean the opposite of what they seem to suggest on the surface, or when events work out in a way opposite than expected or intended. On Lilliput, the six inch high people are...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 1:27 pm UTC

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What are the important topics and questions in Gulliver's Travels?

The text raises some important questions about human nature and our flaws. Certainly, Swift satirizes our violent tendencies and lack of tolerance for differences among ourselves. When Gulliver...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2016 4:15 pm UTC

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How do the Lilliputians offer Gulliver something to drink? How does Gulliver earn the title of Nardac in Lilliput?...

The Lilliputians are 6” tall, a ratio of 1:12. So, their barrels of wine prove to be the perfect containers for Gulliver to drink. Nardac, is the highest honorary title one can earn on Lilliput....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2015 11:54 pm UTC

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What are some satirical quotations from Gulliver's Travels?

Many of the best satirical quotations in Gulliver's Travels relate to Swift's insinuated political commentary. As someone cynically disillusioned by his own unhappy involvement in the world of...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 9:05 am UTC

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Why was Gulliver given the name "Quinbus Flestrin"?

Gulliver sees the words "quinbus flestrin" on the inventory of his pockets which the Lilliputians took early in his stay in Lilliput. He says that he interprets the words to mean "great...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 8:12 pm UTC

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How did Lilliputians feed Gulliver the man mountain?

In Chapter II, at the Lilliput kingdom, Gulliver describes in detail how he was fed by the teeny tiny Lilliputians as directed by their emperor. According to Gulliver, the hurgo, or "great lord" of...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 12:34 am UTC

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Who is Gulliver's worst enemy at the Lilliputian court in Gulliver's Travels?  

After his initial negative reception in Lilliput, Gulliver soon became a friend to most of the Lilliputians, and the Emperor especially enjoys his company and respects him. However, Gulliver has...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 12:22 am UTC

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