Gulliver's Travels

Discuss the ups and downs in the first two voyage of Gulliver - to Lilliput and Brobdingnag-.

A voyage to Lilliput, and a voyage to Brobdingnag.

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Gulliver is a "fish out of water" so to speak. I suppose this is Swift's point. In lilliput, Gulliver's size gives him a stature of power. He is still an oddity and novelty but at least he has his size. Although Gulliver is initially treated with tiny arrows of the Lilliputians he is soon made a favourite of the emperor. Gulliver quickly finds that his relationship comes with strings attached. He is asked to become an ultimate weapon to destroy the emperor's enemy. In Brobdingnag, Gulliver is treated as a pet. He has lost his physical stature and is now the tiny one. He is humiliated to become a girl's doll. He treated well by the king and queen as long as he remains interesting and entertaining.