GULLIVER'S TRAVELS BY JONATHAN SWIFT
By abud99, Updated
In Swift’s day, travel books, in which writers described their visits to foreign lands, had become a popular genre and a boon to the publishing business. Swift used the form for his four-part fantasy, which allowed him to comment freely on subjects like the 200-year-old religious divisions between Catholics and Protestants in England, as well as the rancorous political split between the Tories, who were obedient to the crown and the Church of England, and the Whigs, who wanted to limit the powers of both institutions.
A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT
A VOYAGE TO BROBDINGNAG
Gulliver was an English Surgeon who loved to travel. One day while on a voyage his ship was hit by a violent storm and he was left shipwrecked alone. He found safety on an island by the name of liliput, which was inhabited by humans only six inches tall.
At first threatened by his great stature the liliputians capture and chain Gulliver. He soon becomes friends with the emperor and promises to fight in a war. In spite of the great service that Gulliver has done for the Lilliputians, he has two terrible enemies who are planning to starve and blind him. He escapes to Blefescu and returns home.
Two months after Gulliver arrives home from Liliput he sets sail on another voyage. He finds himself on the island of Brobdingnag. Where he finds giants 60 feet tall. He is found by a farmer then is sold to the queen.
Gulliver loses his pride because the giants treat him more like an "attraction at a fair" rather than a real person. Once again Gulliver meets the king of the island and begins talking to him about the traditions of England.
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