Summary Gulliver's Travels

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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver goes on four different journeys in Gulliver's Travels. All four journeys bring new perspectives to Gulliver's life and new opportunities for satirizing the ways of England. The first journey is to Lilliput, where Gulliver is huge and the Lilliput are small. The king's faction, the Small-Endians believe that boiled eggs should be broken at the small end while the rebel Big- Endians believe the opposite. Some of the Big- Endians have escaped to the neighboring country of Blefuscu which is planning to defeat Lilliput in war. Gulliver helps the king and drags fifty warships to Lilliput. When the king asks Gulliver to destroy all the Blefuscan ships, Gulliver refuses. The king turns against Gulliver and decides to blind him. Gulliver to Blefuscan and returns to England. The second journey is to Brobdingnag, a land of Giants where Gulliver seems as small as the Lilliputians were to him. Gulliver is afraid, but his keepers are surprisingly gentle. He is humiliated by the King when he is made to see the difference between how England is and how it ought to be. Gulliver realizes how revolting he must have seemed to the Lilliputians. The third journey is to Laputa, which is inhabited by strange looking people interested only in music and mathematics. Gulliver also visits Balnibarbi where he finds clever men studying inventions while the rest of the people are poor and hungry. Before returning England Gulliver visits Gubbdubdrib, an island of magicians who enable Gulliver to guestion historical figures from the past.The fourth journey is to the land of the Houyhnhms, who are horses called Houys. Their servants and the yahoos are ugly animals with human face. Gulliver stays with the Houyhnhnms for several years, becoming completely enamored with them to the point that he never wants to leave. On returning to England, Gulliver feels disgusted about other humans, including his own family.
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