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In this article, we’ll talk about Lemuel Gulliver and all the unusual characters that he comes across during his adventures while travelling to the different lands. Read on for the Gulliver’s Travels Summary!

Who Is Gulliver?

Gulliver’s Travels has been written by Jonathan Swift, and it is the story of the various adventures of Lemuel Gulliver, who is basically the narrator and protagonist in the book. Gulliver, a married surgeon from Nottinghamshire, England, is someone who loves traveling. He works as a surgeon on ships and lands up becoming a ship captain.

Through many unfortunate events during his voyage at sea, Gulliver gets stranded in foreign lands and absurd situations, whether it’s getting captured by the miniature Lilliputians or becoming friends with talking horses, the Houyhnhnms. Here, we give you Gulliver’s Travels Summary.

Gulliver’s Travels Summary

Gulliver embarks on four separate voyages in Gulliver’s Travels. There is a storm before every journey. All the four voyages add new perspectives to Gulliver’s life and also give him new opportunities for satirizing the ways of England.

  • In the first voyage, Gulliver travels to Lilliput, where he is huge and the Lilliputians are small. Initially, the Lilliputians look amiable, but the reader soon understands that they are very ridiculous and petty creatures. For “making water”, Gulliver gets convicted of treason in the capital (although he was putting out a fire and saving innumerable lives)–among other “crimes.”
  • In the second voyage, Gulliver travels to Brobdingnag, which is a land of Giants and he is as small as the Lilliputians were to him. So, naturally, Gulliver is scared, but his keepers are surprisingly gentle. He gets humiliated by the King when he is forced to see the difference between how England is and how it ought to be. Gulliver soon understands that he must have been very revolting to the Lilliputians.
  • In the third voyage, Gulliver travels to Laputa (and neighbouring Luggnagg and Glubdugdribb). When he visits the island of Glubdugdribb, he gets the power to call up the dead and discovers the deceptions of history. In the land of Laputa, the people are over-thinkers and are outrageous in many ways. He also meets the Stuldbrugs there, which is basically a race that is blessed with immortality. But Gulliver finds out that they are miserable.
  • In the fourth voyage, Gulliver travels to the land of Houyhnhnms, who are horses gifted with a reason. Their coherent, clean, and trouble-free society is contrasted with the foulness and brutality of the Yahoos, who are beasts in human shape. Gulliver manages to unwillingly come to recognize their human vices. He ends up staying with the Houyhnhnms for many years and gets totally captivated with them to a point that he never wants to leave. When he gets to know that the time has come for him to leave the island, he faints from unhappiness. When he returns to England, Gulliver feels appalled about other humans, including his own family.

Gulliver’s Travels Summary: Characters

Lemuel Gulliver

An adventurer and traveler. Gulliver is the protagonist of the Travels. He is a spectator of other beings and various cultures.

Blefuscudians

They are the sworn enemies of the Lilliputians. And they live on a neighbouring island. Gulliver goes to their island when the Lilliputians convict him of treachery.

Brobdingnagians

They are the inhabitants of Brobdingnag and are giant creatures in comparison to Gulliver.

The Emperor

He’s the leader of the Lilliputians. At first, he acts friendly toward Gulliver but later changes his mind about him when Gulliver doesn’t agree to continue fighting Blefuscu and puts out a fire in the Empress’s chamber by urinating on it.

The Farmer

When Gulliver stays in Brobdingnag, he calls the farmer who takes him in his master. The farmer finally sells Gulliver to the Queen.

Flimnap

Gulliver’s enemy at Lilliput, he blames Gulliver for sleeping with his wife.

Glumdalclitch

In Brobdingnagian, her name means “little nurse”. So, Gulliver calls the farmer’s daughter with this name, who cares for him during his stay in Brobdingnag.

Mrs. Mary Burton Gulliver

Gulliver’s wife.

Houyhnhnms

It is a species of horses that are gifted with great compassion and virtue. Gulliver lives with them for many years and in the end, feels extremely sad to return to England.

The King

Gulliver spends a lot of hours with the King of Brobdingnag while discussing politics and comparing their two cultures.

Laputans

They are the inhabitants of a floating island who wear astronomical and mathematical symbols. They also have trouble paying attention.

The Grey Horse (The Master) 

Gulliver’s master in the Country of the Houyhnhnms.

Lilliputians

They are the inhabitants of Lilliput and are around five to six inches tall. They are the sworn enemies of the Blefuscudians of a neighboring island.

Munodi

He’s the Balnibarbi Lord who shows Gulliver around and makes him understand why the island is so barren.

Don Pedro

He’s the captain of the Portuguese ship that picks Gulliver up after his voyage to the country of the Houyhnhnms.

The Queen

The Queen of Brobdingnag happens to think that Gulliver is very entertaining. Since she has a huge size, Gulliver feels disgusted when she eats.

Redresal

Gulliver’s friend in Lilliput. He helps Gulliver get comfortable in the strange new land and also helps to reduce Gulliver’s punishment for treason from execution to having his eyes put out.

Skyresh Bolgolam

High admiral of Lilliput, a counselor of the Emperor.

Yahoos

This is the Houyhnhnms’ word for humans. Yahoos in the country of the Houyhnhnms are repulsive creatures.

The Struldbruggs

It is a race of humans who grow older and never die, so they are immortal. However, their immortality does not have any of its supposed delights.

The Academy Projectors (Professors) 

Balnibarbian reformers who come up with reform ideas without considering effects.

Slamecksan

The Low-Heels, a Lilliputian political group similar to the British Whigs. The king orders that all government administrators need to be selected from this party, much to the anger of the High-Heels of the realm. Therefore, while there are fewer Slamecksan than Tramecksan in Lilliput, their political power is greater.

Estimated Reading Time

Children should set aside at least three weeks time to study Gulliver’s Travels. You would need two weeks to read the novel when you manage to read four chapters at a sitting. Students should make it a point to read every day from Monday to Friday. Once the chapters are done, students should ensure understanding and comprehension. The fourth week can be used for reports, testing and projects as deemed necessary by the teacher.

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