Gullivers Travels (Class Ix)
Jonathan Swift?s satirical novel was first published in 1726, yet it is still valid today. Gulliver?s Travels describes the four fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a kindly ship?s surgeon. Swift portrays him as an observer, a reporter, and a victim of circumstance. His travels take him to Lilliput where he is a giant observing tiny people. In Brobdingnag, the tables are reversed and he is the tiny person in a land of giants where he is exhibited as a curiosity at markets and fairs. The flying island of Laputa is the scene of his next voyage. The people plan and plot as their country lies in ruins. It is a world of illusion and distorted values. The fourth and final voyage takes him to the home of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses who rule the land.