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Gulliver's Travel

Jonathan Swift


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The original name of the book, Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World In Four Parts by Lemuel Gulliver, and cover when it was first published in 1726.
Gulliver's Travels was published in 1726 by Jonathan Swift. Jonathan Swift is an Irish cleric, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and poet. Some famous things he has written are Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Gulliver's Travels is about an adventurous englishman named Lemuel Gulliver who ends up in one way or another, normally involving an over seas travel gone wrong, in empires run by different types of humanoids. He gets involved with the day to day activities of the people of the civilization for months at a time and then, througn unseen powers, makes it back to England and his family for a little bit and ends up in a different empire a couple of months later. Through exploration Gulliver learns about human behaviour of different societies.
On Gulliver's first travel he makes it to the land of Lilliput, a place where everything is twelve times smaller than normal. Though the people of Lilliput are small, they make up for it with their amzing minds of ingenuity. The Lilliputians are so smart that, when Gulliver needed new clothes, they only measured him in two places. The first one they measured from his neck to his mid-leg and the second measuring around Gulliver's right thumb. They only measured him in two places because they knew that, by using the Golden Ratio, that twice around a thumb is once around a wrist and so on to the neck then waist, and they made Gulliver perfectly fitting clothes. Another sign of their brilliance is how they figured out how much food and drink Gulliver would need to sustain himself. They did this by measuring Gulliver and finding out that at least 1728 Lilliputians could fit into his body meaning that he would need 1728 rations of a single Lilliputian's food to fufill his body's needs. Obviously from what I've just described of the Lilliputians appear to be a very intellectual race but they do have there pecuilarities such as rope dancing for high ranks of power and interesting laws that differ from ours.

Rope dancing is one of the dexterity shows of the Lilliputians. It involves five to six people who are candidates for great employment, and high favour of the court. These people stand on a white thread that is 2 feet long and 12 inches from the ground and try to jump the highest and land on the thread after jumping. The person who does this, succeeds in the office. Another one of the Lilliputians dexterity shows is, the emperor holds a stick in his hands, parallel to the horizon, and candidates try to do tricks over it, under it, and every which way around it! Some of the major laws of the Lilliputians are as follows. The Lilliputians believe that Fraud is a greater crime then theft because they allege that care and vigilance and common understanding will preserve goods from thieves. Ingratitude is also a prime law because if a person makes ill return to his benefactor he is a common enemy to manking and therefore shouldn't live. Though these laws are weird, the Lilliputians are proud of their culture and quite advanced as an empire as they could be without today's modern technology.
Unlike Gulliver's travels to Lilliput, his trip to Brobdingnag was quite different. The Brobdingnagians are twelve times bigger than normal but they seem a little less advanced as a civilization than the Lilliputians but seem to be much nicer and the king portrays himself to be a very moral man. I say the king is a moral man because the Brobdingnagians believe there are huge creature north of their empire but are too scared to explore there of fear of starting a war and Gulliver tell the Brobdingnagians about gunpowder and how it can destroy anything in it's path. After hearing this explanation on gunpowder the king says that how he could even explain the idea of it being a good thing, he then says he would never use gunpowder technology because of the massacre it could cause. Also after Gulliver explains the laws and customs of Europe the King says "I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the Earth".
So, my report comes to a close and I hope that after reading it thoroughly, you will learn of the different types of human behaviour that may have existed in the past, present, or future. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it.

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