History Literature / GulliversTravels

8th Feb '16 5:59:30 AM Freshmeat
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One of the precursors of SpeculativeFiction, ''Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships'' was written by Creator/JonathanSwift as a parody of the [[ForgottenTrope now-dead genre]] of traveller's tale, satirising 18th century follies, but is now, sadly, largely remembered as a children's tale, despite being Swift's MagnumOpus and a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids heavily satirical and adult book]].
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One of the precursors of SpeculativeFiction, ''Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships'' was written by Creator/JonathanSwift as a parody of the [[ForgottenTrope now-dead genre]] of traveller's tale, satirising 18th century follies, but is now, sadly, largely remembered as a children's tale, despite being Swift's MagnumOpus masterpiece and a [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids heavily satirical and adult book]].
7th Feb '16 3:10:31 PM nombretomado
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''Gulliver's Travels'' has [[TheFilmOfTheBook been filmed]] several times, but most of the adaptations omit the last two voyages. Often, a {{bowdlerise}}d version of the voyage is printed as a children's book. Go [[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels here]] for the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]] animated film version, and [[GulliversTravels2010Film here]] for the 2010 film starring Jack Black. In 1968 Creator/HannaBarbera produced a loosely-inspired animated adaptation ''The Adventures of Gulliver''.
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''Gulliver's Travels'' has [[TheFilmOfTheBook been filmed]] several times, but most of the adaptations omit the last two voyages. Often, a {{bowdlerise}}d version of the voyage is printed as a children's book. Go [[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels here]] for the [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]] animated film version, and [[GulliversTravels2010Film here]] for the 2010 film starring Jack Black. In 1968 Creator/HannaBarbera produced a loosely-inspired animated adaptation ''The Adventures of Gulliver''.
29th Dec '15 2:52:26 PM margdean56
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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 Empress' 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 Empress' Empress's palace, he uses an enema syringe.

** Actually [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed,]] since such measures are almost never used, because they are able to seriously harm or even destroy Laputa, and in one case, Laputians had to agree with demands of a rebellious city where inhabitants were threatening to set Laputa on fire if they decide to land on them.
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** Actually [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed,]] since such measures are almost never used, because they are able to seriously harm or even destroy Laputa, and Laputa; in one case, Laputians had to agree with demands of a rebellious city where whose inhabitants were threatening to set Laputa on fire if they decide decided to land on them.

* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Liliput. The treasurer and general have the king wrapped around their fingers, and people are elected based off how well they do at limbo and tight-rope walking.
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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Liliput.Lilliput. The treasurer and general have the king wrapped around their fingers, and people are elected based off how well they do at limbo and tight-rope walking.
29th Dec '15 2:47:58 PM margdean56
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Subverted; the Laputans are absent-minded alright, but none of them have any hidden intelligence to speak of.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Subverted; the Laputans are absent-minded alright, all right, but none of them have any hidden intelligence to speak of.
14th Dec '15 8:24:37 AM fruitstripegum
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Humphry Carpenter made a WholePlotReference to the book "MrMajeika on the Internet", which includes modernized parallels to the lands of the Lilliputians, Brobdingnagians, Laputans and Houyhnhnms, as well as a mouse named Gulliver.
14th Dec '15 4:13:59 AM TheUnknownUploader
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27th Nov '15 3:51:07 AM VVK
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* FramingDevice: The novel opens with a letter ostensibly written by Gulliver to his "cousin Sympson" in which he complains that the story of his travels as it has been printed contains numerous misprintings and factual errors, and bemoans the fact that it has as yet produced no noticeable improvement in the moral character of the human race, on account of which Gulliver has resolved to stop writing. This is followed by a short note from Sympson to the readers in which he explains that certain duller passages were removed so as not to bore the reader and expresses his hope that they will enjoy the story anyway.

%%* {{Lilliputians}}: The TropeNamer. * LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The novel opens with a letter ostensibly written by Gulliver to his "cousin Sympson" in which he complains that the story of his travels as it has been printed contains numerous misprintings and factual errors, and bemoans the fact that it has as yet produced no noticeable improvement in the moral character of the human race, on account of which Gulliver has resolved to stop writing. This is followed by a short note from Sympson to the readers in which he explains that certain duller passages were removed so as not to bore the reader and expresses his hope that they will enjoy the story anyway.
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%%* * {{Lilliputians}}: The TropeNamer. * LiteraryAgentHypothesis: TropeNamer. The novel opens with a letter ostensibly written by Gulliver to his "cousin Sympson" in which he complains that original Lilliputians are the story of his travels as it has been printed contains numerous misprintings and factual errors, and bemoans the fact that it has as yet produced no noticeable improvement little people in the moral character of the human race, on account of which Gulliver has resolved to stop writing. This is followed by a short note from Sympson to the readers this story, who live in which he explains that certain duller passages were removed so as not to bore the reader and expresses his hope that they will enjoy the story anyway.Lilliput.
27th Nov '15 3:44:34 AM VVK
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Nothing to do with Justified Trope (read the trope description).
** The title of the third voyage, going through several long and complicated countries' names before ending with Japan. [[JustifiedTrope Though 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. [[JustifiedTrope Though at At the time, Japan might have been an imaginary country as far as most gaijin were concerned]]: 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.
23rd Nov '15 6:59:38 AM IHateAlmostEverything
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** Actually [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed,]] since such measures are almost never used, because they are able to seriously harm or even destroy Laputa, and in one case, Laputians had to agree with demands of a rebellious city where inhabitants were threatening to set Laputa on fire if they decide to land on them.
15th Nov '15 4:01:14 PM BlueIceTea
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Edit trope: Unreliable Narrator ("Racism" and "Genocide" are crimes committed by people against other people. Since the Houyhnhnms view humans as animals, their treatment of them is no more "racist" and "genocidal" than our treatment of cows and dodo birds.)
* UnreliableNarrator: Gulliver goes on and on about how the racism and genocide-condoning Houyhnhnms are the most magnificent creatures to walk God's green earth, while people like his own family and the Portuguese captain who showed him nothing but kindness are disgusting, sinful monsters.
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* UnreliableNarrator: Gulliver goes on and on about how the racism and genocide-condoning Houyhnhnms are the most magnificent creatures to walk God's green earth, while despite their willingness to exterminate other species. Meanwhile, people like his own family and the Portuguese captain who showed show him nothing but kindness are disgusting, sinful monsters.
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