Gulliver's Travels

chapter 2 part 1

q 1, what opinion do you from about the emperor after reading about the court activties?


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The Emperor seems to like silly and trivial entertainment. He finds pleasure in watching others humiliate themselves for his pleasure. By describing a society that chooses its highest officials with silly competitions like seeing who can jump the highest on a tight-rope, Swift is poking fun at the way officials are chosen in England. He is also commenting on the disturbing trend of politicians who are willing to do whatever it takes to gain favor in the court-including humiliating themselves. The danger of ambition is also figured here; jumping badly can lead to death.