Gulliver's Travels

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Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
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Lemuel Gulliver
Mary Burton
Mr. James Bates
The Lilliputians
The Lilliputian Emperor
Flimnap and Skyresh Bolgolam
Redresal
The Brobdingnagians
The Brobdingnagian King
The Brobdingnagian Queen's Dwarf
Glumdalclitch
The Laputians
The Laputian King
Lord Munodi
The Projectors
Glubbdubdrib
Luggnagg
The King of Luggnagg
The Struldbrugs
Japan
Houyhnhnm Land
The Master Horse
The Sorrel Nag
The Yahoos
Don Pedro de Mendez
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Gulliver's Travels Characters

Meet the Cast
Lemuel Gulliver
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... Mary Burton

Gulliver marries Mary Burton in the first chapter of his travels, but he never exactly spends a lot of time with her. In fact, even though she expressly asks him not to go back to sea at the end of... Mr. James Bates

As with all the characters in Gulliver's Travels except for the title character, Mr. James Bates exists mainly as a name, without any particularly distinctive traits. He helps Gulliver set up his m... The Lilliputians

The Lilliputians inhabit the first island Gulliver visits. They all stand about six inches tall, with proportionally tiny buildings and trees and horses. The Lilliputians are ruled by an Emperor wh... The Lilliputian Emperor

Swift is definitely playing with fire with this one: the Lilliputian Emperor represents the King of England at the time of the publication of Gulliver's Travels, George I. George was a strongly pro... Flimnap and Skyresh Bolgolam

Flimnap is the treasurer of Lilliput; he quickly takes against Gulliver thanks to some totally absurd rumors floating around court that Gulliver is having an affair with Flimnap's wife. Seriously,... Redresal

Redresal is principle secretary of Lilliput and also styles himself Gulliver's friend – when Bolgolam and Flimnap are agitating for Gulliver's death by poison, Redresal suggests the kinder al... The Brobdingnagians

The Brobdingnagians are giants: they average around 60 feet tall, and their lands and animals are correspondingly huge. Gulliver is incredibly vulnerable in this country, which is why it makes sens... The Brobdingnagian King

As opposed to the Lilliputian Emperor, who primarily uses Gulliver as a weapon against Blefuscu, the Brobdingnagian King wants Gulliver to teach him English governance in case there's something wor... The Brobdingnagian Queen's Dwarf

The Queen employs a little person who is 30 feet tall. This person is thrilled to have a man at court even smaller than he is and delights in torturing Gulliver. As always in this novel, no charact... Glumdalclitch

Glumdalclitch is Gulliver's kindly 9-year-old nurse. She carries him about Brobdingnag in a box meant for his protection, sews his clothes, and generally treats him like a pet. A lot of the humor i... The Laputians

The Laputians are a race of weirdos whose heads are always leaning to the right or left and whose eyes never focus on the world...
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