Gulliver's Travels Part III, Chapters 10-11: Summary and Analysis

Jonathan Swift

Part III, Chapters 10-11: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Struldbruggs: immortal Laggnagians who lack eternal youth and are therefore unable to do much or remember anything.

Emperor of Japan: suspects Gulliver of being a Christian after he refuses to trample on a crucifix.

Summary
At Luggnag, Gulliver is told that some people born there are Struldbruggs or Immortals. Gulliver is, at first, impressed by the idea of people who live forever and are therefore able to bring the experience of the ages to each generation. Then he discovers that they have only eternal life and not eternal youth, and are thus unable to do much or remember anything. They are despised and hated, having to be supported at public expense.

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