GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Miranda Avalos- Period 1 MAIN TOPIC The morals of society revealed in fantasy and role playing in Gulliver’s Travels JONATHAN SWIFT born Nov. 30 1667 Born in Ireland Attended Trinity College Became English politician and member of the Whig party in 1688 and later with Tori’s Worked for the church Began writing satires of corruption around him Gullivers travels came about this work SOME ENGLAND 1720’S HISTORY George I took throne after the death of Queen Anne Took throne with the help of the Whig ministers Downfall of the country’s society HISTORICAL REFERENCES “Tramecksans who wear high heals” Slameksans who wear low heels “The appearance of the emperor he is as taller from the breath of my nail” Tori political party Whigs political party King George I WHY MAKE HISTORICAL REFERENCES? To critique Britain and European Society Point out the corruption Reveal problems to all who read the novel without them realizing it. HUMANITY GOING DOWNHILL In four parts of the book, each represent the declining of society as a whole Lilliput Brobdingnag Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan Country of the Houyhnhnms 1ST VOYAGE Lilliput 6 inches of fury Believed they were high and mighty Had a king “He held his sword drawn in his hand, to defend himself, if I should happen to break loose…” (37) 2ND VOYAGE Brobdingnag Giants Have a queen Do not use their full extent of power “from giving me any other motions than those of horror and disgust…Their skins appeared so coarse and uneven, so variously coloured when I saw them near…”(143) 3RD VOYAGE Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan Regular size Believed they had power but hardly had any All bark and no bite 4TH VOYAGE Country of the Houyhnhnms Intelligent horses Yahoos and Houyhnhnms The disturbed society at it’s peak THE MORALS? Do not be arrogant-you may be on the opposite side of the table next time The phase you are in will transform with knowledge Do not pride yourself on only a particular subject (did I make the time limit? No? okay, backup plan…) ANY QUESTIONS?