Novel Review – Elements of Drama of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels Novel

Theme

It was about the travels of Gulliver to the wonderful lands, Lilliput and Brobdingnag.

Main Characters

1) Lemuel Gulliver: He was a young doctor who had married and had a family. His own ambition was to travel and had become a ship’s doctor. His father was a land-owner in England. He also had four brothers.

2) The King of Lilliput: He was a king of Lilliput Kingdom. He was half an inch taller than the other Lilliputian. He had strong and manly face. He also had graceful and kingly movements. He was an ambitious man.

3) Glumdalclitch: She was nine years old. She was a daughter of Gulliver’s Master in Brobdingnag. She was very good-tempered and rather small for her age as she was not more than forty feet high. She was Gulliver’s nurse and Gulliver’s teacher.

4) Gulliver’s Master: He was a farmer in Brobdingnag. His daughter was Glumdalclitch. He was an ambitious man in money. He had forced Gulliver to work in entertaining Brobdingnag people to get money for himself.

Settings

1) Setting of time: Around the year of 1699.

2) Setting of place: England, Lilliput and Brobdingnag lands.

Summary of The Story

Lemuel Gulliver was a ship’s doctor. His ambition was to travel around the world. He had married and had family. His father was land-owner in England. He also had four brothers. He liked traveling and had left his family just to go abroad with the ships.

Gulliver’s travel began in May, 1699, when the voyage began the journey was going to well. He traveled many months and halfway round the world coast of Sumatra. But then the luck changed, there was a terrible storm which had attacked the ship and all the crew died. Gulliver was safe and could find an unknown land to stay. It was Lilliput land.

Lilliput was a strange land. Its people was tiny and less than six inches high. In this county, Gulliver took care the country from its enemy, Blefuscu land. The king of Lilliput was very nice at first and served Gulliver as well as possible. The Lilliputian called him a “man-mountain”. Then the king asked Gulliver to help him to attack his enemy, the Blefuscu land. But then, the king become ambitious and tried to destroy Blefuscu, but Gulliver did not want to do it and escaped to England.

His next journey was to Brobdingnag. Brobdingnag was an unusual land, its people had very big size body. In this land, Gulliver was found by a farmer who forced him to work hard to get money. Then Gulliver was given to the king of Brobdingnag and taken care by the Master’s daughter, Clumdalclitch.

Finally, after long stay, Gulliver could escape from the land and back to England. Its both were very unusual and amazed and wonderful travels which Gulliver had ever had. He was back to England safely and back to his family. But perhaps, his journey still continued.

Moral Message

The moral significance of the story is that we can’t always get what we want and we do not have right to force somebody to do something. Sometimes, we have to bear what we want and don’t be very ambitious, especially in bad things.

The psychological significance of the story is that we have to manage and struggle to get what we want, but don’t regret if we don’t get what we want. And do never give up and try as hard as possible. It was done by Gulliver to escape from the lands.

The social significance of the story is that, we have to help and love each other and we don’t need to fight each other. There must be no wars and we have to live together with love and togetherness. We can’t live by ourselves.

6 Good Books to Read On Your Travels

Nothing could be more arbitrary than deciding what are the best books to read while traveling. Reading is such a subjective activity, based on personal preference, that telling anyone they should take Janna Gray’s Kilingiri or Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code with them on the plane borders on nervy. On the other hand, suggesting good reading is as common as suggesting where you can get the best sandwich.

The actual physical transfer for a trip is often enhanced by a good read. It instills the journey with an extra sensory push that can make the trip that much more enjoyable and memorable. So it’s not just about killing a few hours to avoid going stir crazy while waiting to reach your destination. It can be about entertaining yourself, learning and challenging your perception of the world. Whether you do that through fiction, non-fiction, historical or police procedurals, if there were a reason to reach for a good read, it’s while traveling.

So, though we take the risk of being nervy, here are a few books that won’t just pass the time during transit. They will remind you why you enjoy the written word so much in the first place.

The Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)

Has any other collection of books provided so much entertainment and inspiration? With seven volumes in its catalog, it will more than keep you busy through the longest ride. The entire world marveled at a young, na├»ve boy’s transformation to smart adulthood and wizardry.

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1965, At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968 (Taylor Branch)

This award-winning trilogy was a life goal for the author, dutifully chronicling the history of the civil rights movement in general and the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. in specific. Non-fiction and history buffs will find these books thrilling as segments can read like a page turner. These books will definitely keep the mind spinning during even the longest trip.

Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

Already considered a classic piece of literature, this debut novel is a finely etched and detailed story set in the Gion district of Kyoto during pre-war Japan. It focuses on a young girl’s journey from an impoverished fishing village to becoming a celebrated entertainer. Memoirs is a lively story of hope, courage and love that has been reminding readers that the life experience is fragile and beautiful.

Hollywood Babylon (Kenneth Ager)

Some of us like reading about sordid scandals. Peeking behind the curtain and seeing that it isn’t all bright lights and champagne. There are many books like this one, but this was the first. Released in 1965, it was banned and not republished until 1975. There’s nothing to learn here that will make your life better. But for us gossip mongers, it’s the cat’s meow!

A Painted House (John Grisham)

Actually, anything by Grisham would make a good read on a speeding train, boat or airplane diving in and out of the clouds. They are all deliberately fast paced and engaging. This one, about a young boy caught up in a brutal murder, is no slacker in the Grisham department.

Shantaram (Gregory David Roberts)

Captivating, it’s loosely based on real events. A man escapes from an Australian prison and flies to India, passing himself off as a doctor. From there it’s a series of adventures that take our protagonist from the tumultuous slums of Mumbai to the likes of New Zealand, Afghanistan and Germany. Don’t let its size deter you. This is as fast a read as it gets.