History Literature / GulliversTravels

13th Sep '17 4:52:24 PM Hatshepsut
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On Gulliver's third, and less well-known, voyage, his ship is attacked by {{pirate}}s, but he is rescued by the flying island of Laputa, home to a society of proto-{{TV Genius}}es. After various incidents, including the first description of bombing and a conversation with the ghosts of historical figures, Gulliver returns home via Japan. As mentioned below, a deleted section of this satire attacked the English for their treatment of Ireland, but for the most part it was intended as a scathing condemnation of the nascent European Enlightenment, with the {{TV Genius}}es representing the philosophers, scientists, and academics of his time.

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On Gulliver's third, and less well-known, voyage, his ship is attacked by {{pirate}}s, but he is rescued by the flying island of Laputa, home to a society of proto-{{TV Genius}}es. After various incidents, including the first description of aerial bombing and a conversation with the ghosts of historical figures, Gulliver returns home via Japan. As mentioned below, a deleted section of this satire attacked the English for their treatment of Ireland, but for the most part it was intended as a scathing condemnation of the nascent European Enlightenment, with the {{TV Genius}}es representing the philosophers, scientists, and academics of his time.
17th Jul '17 7:02:59 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Also, Creator/RobertAHeinlein wrote a scathing satire of the fourth journey in his YA novel ''Literature/StarmanJones'', stating that anyone who would prefer the anti-individualistic lifestyle of the Houyhnhnms over human free will doesn't deserve to be human to begin with. Swift would likely agree, given that the fourth journey was in part a scathing satire of the Enlightenment, which Swift ''loathed''.

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Also, Creator/RobertAHeinlein wrote a scathing satire of the fourth journey in his YA novel ''Literature/StarmanJones'', stating that anyone who would prefer the anti-individualistic lifestyle of the Houyhnhnms over human free will doesn't deserve to be human to begin with. Swift would likely agree, given that the fourth journey was in part a scathing satire of the Enlightenment, UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment, which Swift ''loathed''.
5th Jun '17 4:11:53 AM TheMadBaron
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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The Struldbruggs, who [[AgeWithoutYouth just get more senile and decrepit as they age]].

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The Struldbruggs, Struldbrugs, who [[AgeWithoutYouth just get more senile and decrepit as they age]].



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!!'''The Ted Danson mini-series provides examples of:'''
*AdaptationalVillainy: Dr Bates gets only a cursorial mention in the book; in the mini-series he has Gulliver committed to an insane asylum so that he can marry Gulliver's wife.
3rd May '17 12:25:11 PM valar55
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** The title of the third voyage, going through several long and complicated countries' names before ending with Japan. At the time, Japan might have been an imaginary country as far as most gaijin were concerned: the only foreign presence was a tiny colony of Dutch traders at Nagasaki, with all other nationalities being forbidden from the islands on pain of death.

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** The title of the third voyage, going through several long and complicated countries' names before ending with Japan. At the time, Japan might have been an imaginary country as far as most gaijin ''gaijin'' were concerned: the only foreign presence was a tiny colony of Dutch traders at Nagasaki, with all other nationalities being forbidden from the islands on pain of death.



* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerisation]]: There have been numerous adaptations of the Lilliputian chapters into children's books with all the naughty stuff and political context stripped out. In one version, for instance, instead of peeing on Empress's palace, he uses an enema syringe.

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* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerisation]]: There have been numerous adaptations of the Lilliputian chapters into children's books with all the naughty stuff and political context stripped out. In one version, for instance, instead of peeing on the Empress's palace, he uses an enema syringe.
3rd May '17 12:03:30 PM valar55
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->''"It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end [...] Neither are any wars so furious and bloody, or of so long continuance a those occasioned by difference in opinion, especially if it be in things indifferent."''

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->''"It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end [...] Neither are any wars so furious and bloody, or of so long continuance a as those occasioned by difference in opinion, especially if it be in things indifferent."''
6th Mar '17 2:57:50 PM mlsmithca
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** {{YMMV}}: Gulliver's Travels is more Menippean satire, as it attacks the culture, attitudes, and beliefs of 18th century Europe rather than any specific person or institution. Swift writes Gulliver as a novel, strikes a volley of different targets, and describes many fantastic events and characters; all a different approach than the one Swift takes in {{A Modest Proposal}}.
6th Mar '17 8:55:18 AM BoggiFroggy
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** {{YMMV}}: Gulliver's Travels is more Menippean satire, as it attacks the culture, attitudes, and beliefs of 18th century Europe rather than any specific person or institution. Swift writes Gulliver as a novel, strikes a volley of different targets, and describes many fantastic events and characters; all a different approach than the one Swift takes in {{Modest Proposal}}.

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** {{YMMV}}: Gulliver's Travels is more Menippean satire, as it attacks the culture, attitudes, and beliefs of 18th century Europe rather than any specific person or institution. Swift writes Gulliver as a novel, strikes a volley of different targets, and describes many fantastic events and characters; all a different approach than the one Swift takes in {{Modest {{A Modest Proposal}}.
6th Mar '17 8:53:52 AM BoggiFroggy
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** {{YMMV}}: Gulliver's Travels is more Menippean satire, as it attacks the culture, attitudes, and beliefs of 18th century Europe rather than any specific person or institution. Swift writes Gulliver as a novel, strikes a volley of different targets, and describes many fantastic events and characters; all a different approach than the one Swift takes in [[A Modest Proposal]].

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** {{YMMV}}: Gulliver's Travels is more Menippean satire, as it attacks the culture, attitudes, and beliefs of 18th century Europe rather than any specific person or institution. Swift writes Gulliver as a novel, strikes a volley of different targets, and describes many fantastic events and characters; all a different approach than the one Swift takes in [[A Modest Proposal]].{{Modest Proposal}}.
6th Mar '17 8:52:40 AM BoggiFroggy
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** {{YMMV}}: Gulliver's Travels is more Menippean satire, as it attacks the culture, attitudes, and beliefs of 18th century Europe rather than any specific person or institution. Swift writes Gulliver as a novel, strikes a volley of different targets, and describes many fantastic events and characters; all a different approach than the one Swift takes in [[A Modest Proposal]].
26th Jan '17 3:31:48 AM Saveelich
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There also a TV mini-series starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. In this version Dr. Gulliver has returned to his family from a long absence. The action shifts back and forth between flashbacks of his travels and the present where he is telling the story of his travels and has been committed to an asylum. It is notable for being one of the very few adaptations to feature all four voyages, and is considered the closest adaptation to the book despite taking several liberties, such as Gulliver not returning home between each part.

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There also a TV mini-series starring Ted Danson Creator/TedDanson and Mary Steenburgen.Creator/MarySteenburgen. In this version Dr. Gulliver has returned to his family from a long absence. The action shifts back and forth between flashbacks of his travels and the present where he is telling the story of his travels and has been committed to an asylum. It is notable for being one of the very few adaptations to feature all four voyages, and is considered the closest adaptation to the book despite taking several liberties, such as Gulliver not returning home between each part.
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