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Gulliver's Travels Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Consider Jonathan Swift’s other famous satirical work, A Modest Proposal, in which he sarcastically proposes eating children as a response to the famine in Ireland.

Consider other fictional travelogues or travel novels. Swift draws on the conventions of the genre in Gulliver's Travels. Classic travelogues and travel novels include Homer's Odyssey, Voltaire's Candide, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and more recently, Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

Consider works about the Royal Society, which Swift satirizes in the section that takes place in Laputa. Jenny Uglow's The Lunar Men follows the lives and careers of innovative scientists and inventors in the Royal Society in the late 1700s....

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