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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift is a satire written in the form of a travelogue. The novel is set in the early eighteenth century in England and fictional countries which Gulliver visits on his voyages with absurd names such as Lilliput, Blefuscu, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and Houyhnhnmland. The novel is told in the form of a first person narrative by Gulliver.

The novel begins with Gulliver’s description of his sea voyage and how they were caught in a storm and shipwrecked and stranded in the land of Lilliput which is inhabited by tiny people. Gulliver feels like a giant amongst the Lilliputians but while he is asleep they capture him. He eventually escapes and returns to England. The novel charts Gulliver’s adventures and encounters in strange lands. At the end of the novel he returns to England again and says, “After a quiet voyage we arrived home and the kind captain arranged for me to be taken home.” The novel reveals the tension between Gulliver and the people of all the fictional lands he visits. Gulliver is portrayed by Swift as a restless individual who is always travelling.

Reviewed by Hannah George