The travel begins with a short preamble in which Lemuel Gulliver gives a brief outline of his life and history before his voyages. After giving assurances of his good behaviour, he is given a residence in Lilliput and becomes a favourite of the Lilliput Royal Court.
As much as there was to enjoy in this work, I was not as blown away by it as I would have liked to have been. It was missing the ear-pleasing lyrical quality that I have come to expect when reading classic literature.
For instance, the recasting of famous historical figures like Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar as being more subject to the moral frailties of the human animal than the established texts would have us believe. Swift uses this as the springboard to discuss the less than wholesome practices of securing political power today and that is a good thing.
I just found the use of the legends of antiquity unnecessary and not particularly effective. Here's my biggest problem. One of the principal arguments that Swift makes in his novel is that balance and moderation are the keys to success both individually and as a people.
Extremes of behavior and belief are the seeds from which disastrous consequences are born, according to Swift. This walkmy right into my biggest complaint about the story…the ending.
It appears as though the reader is left to determine whether Gulliver was 1 a man disgusted with humanity as a result of his exposure to the morally righteous and logically rational Houyhnhnm or 2 a man whose ill-conceived and intemperate worship of, and infatuation with the Houyhnhnm made him just another unbalanced yahoo whose loss of perspective and left him deranged.
Part of the answer of this would stem from determining whether Swift was holding up the Houyhnhnms as a model to follow or whether their own passionless adherence to logic was itself a subject of parody. However, as with the end, I think Swift was less than certain of his position or of the position he wanted to state and thus left too much ambiguity to the reader.
Now I understand that often these kinds of soft endings are perfect as they allow the reader to interpret the work for themselves. However, here where Swift has been bludgeoning the reader with his opinions throughout the entire work, to suddenly punt and not clearly express a case for his protagonist seems to be a miss.So Gulliver's Travels is a fictional tale masquerading as a true story, yet the very fictionality of the account enables Swift author to reveal what it would not be possible to articulate through a .
The first section of Gulliver's Travels, "A Voyage to Lilliput." takes place in a land of extremely small people called Lilliput. Gulliver is on a ship that is shipwrecked and manages to swim to.
Richard Sympson - Gulliver’s cousin, self-proclaimed intimate friend, and the editor and publisher of Gulliver’s Travels. It was in Richard Sympson’s name that Jonathan Swift arranged for the publication of his narrative, thus somewhat mixing the .
Written by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels is the story of the adventures of Lemuel Gulliver, the narrator and protagonist of the story. Gulliver is a married surgeon from Nottinghamshire.
Swift's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
By Lemuel Gulliver (), a satire of eighteenth-century British society and traveler's stories (which were very popular in England), has. Gulliver the ManAs you might expect, Lemuel Gulliver is the star and central character of Gulliver's Travels.
In fact, he narrates the novel himself, and he is the only genuinely developed characte Gulliver marries Mary Burton in the first chapter of his travels, but he never exactly spends a lot.