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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels

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Published by Ramita Udayashankar

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Published by: Ramita Udayashankar on Mar 12, 2011
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Gulliver’s Travels
Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels in 1762 with the intent of entertainingmany people. Entertainment through satire is what Swift had in mind. This wasaccomplished when Bantam Books first published his tales in 1962. It was againpublished by Bantam Books in 1981, New York, New York being the place of publication.To fully understand Gulliver’s Travels, one must first reflect upon the following:the plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, conflict, climax, resolution,symbolism, and figurative language. These ideas will help the reader comprehendsome of the ideas portrayed throughout the novel, as well as why Swift wrotethem.The setting plays an important role in all novels, but in Gulliver’s Travels, onemust take into consideration that the four different parts of the book have differentsettings. The first setting is more or less on an island called Lilliput, on November 5, 1699. Gulliver ended up on this island due to a ship wreck. The setting to thesecond part of the novel happens to be upon his arrival to another island thatGulliver wishes to inspect for water. This was on the 16th of June, 1703. Thethird part of the book has many different little scenes. The first of which takesplace on Laputa an island of deformed creatures. The fourth and final part of thebook takes place in the country of Houyhnhnms, in 1711.The main character, Gulliver, is a well educated sailor. He has beenrecommended to be a surgeon. Traveling around the world, exploring new places,Gulliver meets many new cultures and civilizations. Gulliver wears clothes notuncommon to the 1700’s. He has long hair that sometimes restricts him fromturning his head. Gulliver is a round character. This can be seen when he refersto past experiences during an adventure. This means that he can compare the twosituations, thus learning from it. There are many minor characters. Easier referredto by the names of their people. Them being: the small Lilliputians, the giantBrobdingnag, the creatures at Lugnagg and Balnibarbi, with the islands of Laputaand Blubdrubdrib. And finally, the Yahoos and Houyhnhnms. Gulliver’s storiesare told in the first person by himself.Some very important symbols are used throughout the novel to depict some veryimportant ideas. One of these symbols would be when Gulliver relieves himself on the Lilliputians royal castle to put out a fire. It seems, as though how sillysomething may seem, it just might be an answer to an important problem. Asecond symbol clearly seen is the relationship to the Yahoos and the Houyhnhnms.This is easily perceived as a representation of the relationship to horses andhumans. The superiority of the horses in the novel shows how, although different,they may just be as smart, if not smarter than the owner.Some very important themes that the reader may have picked up on can be veryhelpful. One of these themes is that no matter how small something is, it is not

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