What would be a character sketch of the Emperor of Lilliput from Gulliver's Travels by Swift?

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The Emperor of Lilliput is a little man in every respect. Vain, petty, and susceptible to flattery, he doesn't present a particularly inspiring vision of kingship. To add to his ever-growing list of sins, he's also an inveterate warmonger, obsessed with defeating and enslaving the neighboring Blefuscans. He tries to...

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The Emperor of Lilliput is a little man in every respect. Vain, petty, and susceptible to flattery, he doesn't present a particularly inspiring vision of kingship. To add to his ever-growing list of sins, he's also an inveterate warmonger, obsessed with defeating and enslaving the neighboring Blefuscans. He tries to enlist Gulliver in this diabolical scheme, but the big man's having none of it, which earns him the undying enmity of the Emperor.

Although the Emperor likes to think of himself as being the man in charge, in actual fact he's controlled by his wily ministers Flimnap and Skyresh Bolgolam, who manipulate him into trying to destroy Gulliver, despite all he's done to protect Lilliput from a Blefuscan invasion. This would appear to suggest a certain lack of self-awareness on the Emperor's part. He labors under the impression that he's top dog on Lilliput, when in reality it's more a case of the tail wagging the dog.

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The Emperor of Lilliput is described as being a little taller than his subjects and generally handsome. However, he's also proud, petty, swayed by corruption, and preoccupied with meaningless political formalities and traditions. Scholars often say that the Emperor of Lilliput is meant to be a satirical representation of King George I, and while this analogy is true and logical, it's also worth mentioning that the Emperor of Lilliput can be seen as representative of all bad or corrupt politicians. Moreover, he can be seen as a culmination of all the problems in Lilliputian society, which is also wracked by petty, "small-minded" problems and squabbles. All in all, the Emperor of Lilliput is a brilliant satirical attack on the political world, as his petty personality acts as a perfect critique of many politicians, both past and present. 

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