Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

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Part III, Chapters 7-9: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Governor of Glubbdubdrib: has ghosts for servants; acts as host to Gulliver; calls up spirits of famous historical figures at Gulliver’s request

Custom-House Officer: confines Gulliver in Luggnag

King of Luggnag: acts as Gulliver’s host; invites Gulliver to stay permanently, but he refuses

Gulliver travels to the port of Maldonada, to get a ship to Luggnag, a country which trades with Japan. There being no ship available for some time, Gulliver makes a side-trip to the small island of Glubbdubdrib, the island of sorcerers or magicians. The people are all magicians, and when Gulliver is received by the Governor of the island, he finds that, as he had heard, the Governor’s servants are ghosts. The Governor lets Gulliver call up the ghosts of anyone he chooses; Gulliver sees many famous people, mostly from classical antiquity. He prefers to see the destroyers of tyrants and usurpers, and restorers of liberty to their people.

In Chapter Eight, Gulliver sees the ghosts of Homer and Aristotle, famous philosophers and Roman Emperors. Gulliver finds out that most kings are actually of humble descent. He discovers that historians have falsified history to make people look morally better, and to hide the extent of human corruption, includ¬ing the sins of most holders of high office. Gulliver discovers that in ancient Rome the deserving went without rewards and the undeserving were rewarded. Only the old English yeoman was apparently exempt from corruption.

In Chapter Nine, Gulliver finally goes to Luggnag, where he is kept confined by a custom-house officer. The King sends for Gulliver, who has to lick the dust...

(The entire section is 411 words.)