Day 1

Gulliver's Travels Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What “little Island” is Gulliver referring to when he speaks of corruption in his letter to Sympson? How does this help us get a sense of context for the novel?

    Gulliver is referring to Jonathan Swift’s home of Great Britain. This is a moment in which the narrator is acting as Swift’s mouthpiece fairly directly to make political statements, setting up the reader for the fact that this work will be one of satire and political commentary.

  2. 2

    What do you think will be the relationship between the narrator, Gulliver, and the author, Jonathan Swift, based on the letters between Captain Gulliver and his cousin Sympson? How should we interpret these letters?


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