Short Questions and Answers of “Gulliver’s Travels” by Swift

What is the symbolic significance of Lilliput?

Lilliput is symbolized the political, religious and social affairs of England. Small size signifies low morality, high-heels and low-heels signify the Whigs and Tories and big-endian and little-endian signify Catholic and Protestant etc.

How do the Lilliputians treat Gulliver when they first encounter him?

They fasten him in strings and put him on a cart which driven by thousands of miniature horses.

What is the significance of size in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’?

In ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ the small size signifies the low morality as selfish, vain, petty etc.(Lilliputian) and the big size signifies the high morality like noble, good, peaceful etc.(Brobdignagian).

Who is Gulliver?

Gulliver is the protagonist of the ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and narrator of the story. He belongs to middle-class family in Nottingham shire, England. He is intelligent and well educated.

Who are Lilliputians?

The Lilliputians are inhabitants of the island where Gulliver reached after his ship wrecked in the sea. They are six inches in height. They are ruled by an Emperor. They are selfish, vicious, morally corrupt, deceitful and jealous, filled with greed and ingratitude.

How did Gulliver help the king of Lilliput?

Gulliver helped the king of Lilliput by stealing the Blefuscudian ships. It is easy job for him that water is up to his waist level but difficult for Lilliputians because of their small height.

What is the great service performed by Gulliver to the Emperor of Lilliput, and what is this reward?

The great service performed by Gulliver to the Emperor of Lilliput is that Gulliver steals the Blefuscudian ships and he rewarded by the highest military award in Lilliput.

What are the two empires fighting about in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’?

The two empires fighting about in “Gulliver’s Travels” are Lilliput and Blefuscu. These two empires stand for fighting between England and France in the early 18th century.

The Yahoos stand for the evil in man. Explain.

Yahoos stand for the evil in man. They shows the eagerness for pearls, lust, envy, deceit etc.


What do Small Endians and Big Endians stand for in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’?

Small Endians stand for the Protestant and Big Endians stand for Catholic in the “Gulliver’s Travels”.

Is Swift a pessimist?

Yes, Swift is a pessimist. He has a pessimistic view of human kind in “Gulliver’s Travels” but not completely. He has a hope of betterment.

Has ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ been written for children?

‘Gulliver’s Travels’ has been written for adults not for children but it is popular in children because it is like fairy tales. Little peoples, tall peoples and floating island were interesting elements for children but these have symbolic meanings for adults.

Is ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ interesting?

Yes, “Gulliver’s Travels” is a very interesting story for children and adults because it is full of adventures and elements of fairy tales. The satirical and allegorical presentation is also very interesting.

Is ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ a tragic work?

“Gulliver’s Travels” is a tragi-comedy. It is mingling of tragic and comic elements. Tragic elements like ship wrecked, Gulliver tighten in strings, locked in cell etc. Comic elements like peoples were of six inches height, high-heels and low-heels, big-endings and low-endings etc.

What is the purpose of Swift in writing ‘Gulliver’s Travels’?

The purpose of Swift in writing ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is to bring reforms in society, religion and politics of Europe specially England.

Who are Swift’s satirical targets?

Swift’s satirical targets are politics, religion, education, science, society, women, the nature of man and the king in the 18th century England in “Gulliver’s Travels”.

Who are Blefuscudians?

Blescudians are pigmies of six inches like Lilliputians. Blefuscue symbolizes the France.

What is mock-utopia?

“Utopia” refers to a perfect place or society and “mock-utopia” means presenting a perfect place or society in mocking style like “Gulliver’s Travels” part four by Jonathan Swift is a mock-utopia.

How ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is a satire?

“Gulliver’s Travels” is a satire because Swift presented the British and European society and politics allegorically through these travels. Travel to Lilliput is satire on Whigs and Tories (low-heels and high-heels), Catholic and Protestant (big-endings and little-endings), and England and France (Lilliput and Blefuscu) etc.

What is the real title of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’?

The real title of “Gulliver’s Travels” is “Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, by Lemuel Gulliver”.

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