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Transcript of Gulliver's Travels
By: Nate Davis,
& Justin Gonzalez
New Historicism /Cultural Criticism
In many parts of the text Swift references events that are actually happening at the time when the book was written.
Explaining Answer Cont.
Gulliver sets out to sea but gets caught in a storm
Shipwrecked washing up on island
Inhabited by tiny people - Lilliputans
War of the Eggs
Refuses to enslave the people of another land
Try to punish him
Ends up escaping
Gulliver sets out again on an adventure
Left on an island of giants - Brobdingnag
Taken in by a farmer
Shown around country because of his size.
Gulliver gets sold to the queen
Learning the language of the giants or Brobadings discussing his home country to the King
Gets taken from the island by a bird and dropped in the ocean
Gulliver leaves for a third time being ship jacked by pirates
Lands on the island of Laputa a magical floating island
People only care about math and music and are shaped oddly
Travels down to Lagado visits the Grand Academy of Lagado
Travels to Glubbdubdrib where all people are magicians
Meets history's most venerated people discussing philosophy and systems of nature.
Travels to Luggnagg people of the court have to lick the floor when approaching the King.
He meets immortal people and learns that being immortal sucks
Finally leaves Luggnagg after refusing employment
Arrives in Japan where he pretends he's from Holland and sets sail for Amsterdam to England.
Explaining Answer Cont.
Critical Back up
Is our society as great as we think it is, or is it any different from the ones where Gulliver traveled?
Gulliver sets out for his final adventure at sea.
His crew gets sick and dies so he hires a new one who stages a mutiny against him and turn into pirates.
He ends up on the island of Houyhnhm.
Horse-like creatures (Houyhmhm).
Disgusting looking creatures (Yahoos).
Gulliver taken in by horse people who teach him their culture which he compares to his own society.
Yahoos are actually human-like.
Finds that he likes this island more than his home country.
Horses decide he needs to return back home.
When he returns home he hates his family cant stand the smell of them.
Looking at the cultures of the different island
Comparing to englands in that time
"Breaking eggs before we eat them" (Swift 39).
The Laws of Lilliput
Fraud is greater crime than stealing
Fraud is punished with death
"care and vigilance, with a common understanding, may perserve a man's goods from theives, but honesty hath no fence against superior cunning"(Swift 47).
Ex: "Which two mighty powers have... been engaged in a war for 6 and 30 moons past. It began upon the way of breaking eggs...." (Swift 39).
This is a reference to the 30 years war that took place in Central Europe over religion
Brings into question laws that do not seem realistic
"Swift deliberately makes the controversy ridiculous, but it is not so much more ridiculous than the religious divisions of his own day... the current disputes in the Anglican and Catholic Churches over gay priests may appear just as ridiculous, as if sexual orientation was of any greater importance in the overall scheme of things than the height of one's heels. " (Sim, Staurt)
The acadamy that Guliver travels to is a parody of the Royal Acadamy and the scientific revolution.
Sim, Stuart. "Gulliver's Travels, Multiculturalism and Cultural Difference." The Eighteenth-
Century Novel and Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction. Edinburgh, England: Edinburgh University Press, Ltd, 2008. 35-49. Rpt. in Children's Literature Review. Ed. Dana Ferguson. Vol. 161. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Literature Resource Center. Web. 4 May 2014.
Many didn't think experiments at the science acadamy were relevent to helping human activity.
Hatch, Robert A. "The Scientific Revolution." - Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2014.
Guliver's Acadamy had experiments such as extract solar rays from cucumbers and making feces into food.
Conflict in book no different than conflicts in real life
Physical attributes relating to a social status
Swift, Jonathan, and Louis A. Landa. Gulliver's Travels. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1960. Print.
Height of heel compared to sexual orientation
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Gulliver in Brobdingnag from Gulliver's Travels. Digital image. Super Stock. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2014.
Laputa6. Digital image. Biblophilica. N.p., 05 July 2010. Web. 01 May 2014.