A Popular Way To Voice Criticism

A Popular Way To Voice Criticism

Drawing of Gulliver's Trip

Opening

In small groups, share your drawing of a part of Gulliver’s trip.

  • Explain why you chose to draw the part of his trip that you did.

Gulliver's Travels

Work Time

Discuss these questions about the two chapters from Gulliver’s Travels that you read for homework.

  • What actually happens in these two chapters?
  • Begin with Gulliver’s journey to the city Mildendo. What does he see?
  • What’s the gist of the conversation between Reldresal (the king’s principal secretary of private affairs) and Gulliver?
  • Where does Gulliver go in Chapter 5, and what does he do on the king’s behalf against the Blefuscus?
  • What crisis presents itself when Gulliver comes home, and how does he solve it? What’s the response of the empress?
  • Why did you choose to draw the part of his trip that you did?
  • What was your favorite part of the two chapters, and why? Why does this book remain popular?

To Vex the World

Children's Version

Work Time

There have been several children’s movies produced based on this novel.

Discuss the following with your classmates.

  • Why? What aspects of this novel lend themselves to children?
  • If you were writing a children’s version of this novel, what would you include, and what would you leave out?

Political Satire Annotation

Work Time

This novel is most famous for its commentary on various aspects of government and politics.

Annotate the excerpt from Gulliver’s Travels for the area of satire assigned to you.

  • Swift’s views on the causes of war
  • Swift’s views on firepower
  • Swift’s views on imperialism
  • Swift’s views on political parties
  • Swift’s views on religion
  • Swift’s views on the fragility of a king’s favoritism

Political Satire Annotation