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A Voyage to Laputa, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan
Zach Sanderson 21 March 2013
Transcript of A Voyage to Laputa, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan
Lagado, Balnibarbi A VOYAGE TO LAPUTA, BALNIBARBI, LUGGNAGG, GLUBBDUBDRIB, & JAPAN A Brief Word of Introduction On your voyage today, you will encounter many strange places, people, and curiosities that puzzle the senses.
Before you begin your journey, this introductory presentation will equip you with the knowledge you need to be successful as your travel through the realms of Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and end finally in Japan.
Pay close attention. This knowledge could prove vital. BALNIBARBI LUGGNAGG/
GLUBBDRUBDRIB Who You'll Meet THE KING OF LAPUTA: The esteemed ruler of the Floating Island, whose wisdom is incomparable. His wise musings are said to astound the inhabitants on a daily basis.
THE LAPUTIANS: Fine practicers of mathematics, science, and music. They possess a bewildering anxiety that the planet will end any day, based on their incredible precise astronomical observations.
THE WOMEN OF LAPUTA: The women of the floating island are seldom allowed to venture off of it; they are restricted to the island because of frequent incidents of incidents of women leaving for our fair Lagado and never returning.
FLAPPER, or CLIMENOLES: A domestic who gently strikes with his bladder the mouth of him who is to speak and the right ear of him or them who is to listen. He is likely employed diligently to attend his master on his walks and upon occasion to give him a soft flap on his eyes. LAPUTA Terms to Know LAPUTA: The flying island, controlled by the use of a lodestone whose magnetic field opposes that of a mineral found throughout the realm of Balnibarbi (which shall be discussed in further detail later).
FLAPPERS/CLIMENOLI: Those servants who hold bladders mounted on sticks which they use to hit their masters lost in thought and retrieve them back to reality.
FLADONA GAGNOLE: The astronomer's cave on Laputa where astronomical observations are made; a crater in the center of the island. Terms to Know LAGADO: the capital city of Balnibarbi
The Academy of Projectors: the center for intellectual speculation and exploration; a center for learning located in Lagado Who You'll Meet WOMEN OF LAGADO: Our women foolishly believe that elections should be conducted based on beauty and real merit-HA!
LORD MUNODI-GOVERNOR OF LAGADO: The gracious governor of our province, who despite his apparant wisdom, lacks a critical foundation in architectural design. Rather, he lacks a basic foundation in all principles of design.
WARDEN OF THE ACADEMY, PROFESSORS OF THE ACADEMY: Our fearless leader who curates all of the wonderful experiments conducted at the academy, and us, the fine professors whose bold endeavors ensure a prosperous future for our realm. Terms to Know BLIFFMARKLUB: High Chamberlain of the king of Luggnagg
STRULDBRUGS: "The Immortals"
LUGGNAGG: a kingdom to the East of Balnibarbi, of which they speak the language; close trading partners with the Kingdom of Japan
GLUBBDUBDRIG: small island off the coast of Luggnagg, where sorcerers and magicians reside; they summon the dead to be their servants and immortals are cursed Who You'll Meet KING OF LUGGNAGG: A wise and ruler, closely tied with the Emperor of Japan in trade and personal relations.
GOVERNOR OF GLUBBDUBDRIB:
SUMMONED DEAD: Often simply past spirits of the world, the conjurations of the Governor may sometimes be a bit more intriguing.
STRULDBRUGS: The immortals. Born with a mark above the left eyebrow, these unfortunate souls will live forever.
EMPEROR OF JAPAN: A friend of the King of Luggnagg and the head of his isolationist nation, partners in European trading only with the Dutch. Have your discussions deepened your wisdom? Let us discover what the Academy has taught you... Laputa How does Swift’s portrayal of gender roles in Laputa reflect his views of 18th century society?
The rebellion of Lindalino against Laputa is an allegory of Ireland’s rebellion against Whig-dominated England. How does Swift utilize satire to mock the situation?
“Laputa” can be broken down into the two words “la puta,” meaning “the whore” in Spanish. Swift uses this pun to mock a certain aspect of his society: which aspect is this, and how is Swift’s pun relevant? Balnibarbi What aspects of society does the portrayal of Balnibarbi’s experiments satirize? How exactly so?
At the Academy, several scientists experiment with building a house from the top down. How does Swift use this experiment to criticize his society’s way of life? Luggnagg/Glubbdubdrib Swift here presents Struldbrugs, a class of immortals portrayed not quite as we might picture them. How does their role illustrate Swift's role of life, death, and their meanings?
What is Swift’s purpose in having Gulliver summon ancient philosophers to discuss their thoughts with each other?
How do the exaggeration and irony illustrated in the licking the floor scene show that this section is Horatian satire, not Juvenalian? It would seem that your ship for Japan has arrived...it is time to once again return to your native land. We hope that your stay has been pleasant, and our profound wisdom has enlightened your perspective on life. SAYONARA!