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Copy of Gulliver's Travels: Third Voyage

Description and analysis of Gulliver's third voyage.

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Analysis of Balnibarbi Continued
Joanna Ng
AP English Class
Ms. Maritere Cardona
August 29, 2012
Gulliver's Travels: Third Voyage
Laputa - Floating island
Balnibarbi - Land below Laputa
Glubbdubdrib - Island of the Magicians
Luggnagg - Home of the Immortals
-Slanted heads.
-Crooked eyes.
-Musical instruments or geometric
figures on robes.
-Use of "Flappers".
-Revolved around math, music, and science.
-Women generally ignored.
-King never left island.
-Used physical force.
Laputa Analysis
Criticism of Intellectuals
-People of Laputa have an obsession with mathematics and
music, which renders them useless in almost every other branch
of life.
-Criticizes people who live according to theory and who become
useless in the face of actual practice.
-Enlightenment Age.
Analysis of Laputa Continued
-Houses in shambles
-Land uncultivated
-State of neglect
-Great Academy of Legado
- Under the rule of the King of Laputa
-A group of people went up into the island of Laputa
and came back, bearing ideas, leading to the current
state of living in Balnibarbi.
Analysis of Balnibarbi
Satire on Scientific Research
-New agricultural methods introduced to Legado.
-Yielded no results, yet inhabitants persisted.
-Allusion to new agricultural methods introduced in the
beginning of 18th century England.
-Enlightenment Age.
Laputa as a Floating Island
-Airy dispositions of the people. 'Head-in-clouds'.
-Distance between government and people.
-Government ignorant to the troubles of the people below.
Government's Reliance on Physical Power
-Government used force to deal with rebellions.
-Shown through technology (floating island).
Allusion to Ireland's Rebellion Against England
-Laputa failed to make Lindalino submit.
-Play on words: Lindalino=Double lin=Dublin.
-Irish Rebellion of 1641.
Dehumanization of intellectuals
-Excessive use of intellect causes a loss of empathy in the inhabitants.
Analysis of Laputa Continued
Women in Society
-Women generally ignored by men.
-Preferred the company of Balnibarbi men than Laputan
-Considered intellectually inferior in both Laputa and
Island of Magicians.
-Servants appear and disappear
like ghosts.
-Governor can call upon any dead
person he wishes.
Analysis of Balnibarbi Continued
-Floating island
-Divided into tiers
-Disk shape
-Uses magnetic forces to move
Criticism of the Royal Society of England for Improving Natural Knowledge
-Some of the experiments mentioned were actually
preformed. (ex. Extracting sunlight from cucumbers)
-Great Academy of Legado.
Impracticality of Scientific Research
-Even though inhabitants have dedicated themselves to
research and science, their society lays in shambles.
-Worse off than before they adopted this way of thinking.
-Preposterous scientific projects.
Satire on Politicians
-Political projects at the Academy of Legado.
Ex. -Medicine to stimulate one's memories to remember
promises made to the public.
-Reconciling opposing views by putting two halves of a
brain together.
-Excrement can tell you the thoughts of a person.
Gubbdubdrib Analysis
Analysis of Laputa Continued
Government's Reliance on its People
-Island cannot float outside the perimeter of the land below.
Criticism of Historians
-Inaccurate detailing of certain events.
Ex. -Alexander the Great.
-Weakens virtues attributed to certain historical
Ex. -Alexander the Great.
Analysis of Glubbdubdrib Continued
Criticism of Abstract Learning
-Ridiculed commentators and critics of figures like Aristotle and
-Both figures found to be wholly misinterpreted.
Analysis of Glubbdubdrib Continued
Unreliability of History
-Humans incapable of knowing everything.
-Historians can twist facts or misinterpret things.
Degradation of Men
-Past Englishmen were of better mental and physical constitution
than Gulliver's contemporaries.
-Moral integrity.
-King makes guests lick his
The Struldbrugs
Red dot over left eyebrow, which changes size and color as they age.
Not hereditary.
30 yrs. - Become bitter.
80 yrs. - Marriages annulled. Legally dead.
90 yrs. - Bodies completely degraded.
Analysis of Luggnagg
-Prominent desire in Western civilization.
Human Desires
-Desire for immortality is accompanied by
the desire of many other things:
-Freedom from death
Analysis of Luggnagg Continued
Inescapable Nature of Human Life
-Eternal life does not equal eternal youth.
-We cannot change the way nature operates.
-Life does not stand still for anyone.
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