Gulliver’s Travels: The People of Lilliput and Brobdingnag

In Gulliver’s Travels, there are many references to the people’s power and ethics in the countries Gulliver visits. It is important to understand a Lilliputian’s beliefs before you set off to read Gulliver’s Travels. The same goes for the people of Blefuscu and Brobdingnag. Each country has its differences. Some dispute over traditions, and Lilliputians and Brobdingnagians vary in size. It is quite fun to discover weird and different ideas that are so unlike ours. Although it’s ideal to read the book, this review might help you understand Lilliput and Brobdingnag even before you read that part of the book.

Lilliput is full of interesting individuals and Gulliver describes them very well. The reason I will be talking in depth about descriptions is that these odd countries, and the people who live in them, are quite different from England or America in many ways. Gulliver describes how the King doesn’t cower in fear over Gulliver’s great height. He treats Him like he is one of his own people, not a giant ready to crush him. My point is that while the King and other royalty are a great deal smaller than Gulliver, they still expect to be treated as royalty, with respect and honor. While a huge man stands right above the King, his dignity is unbroken.

A Lilliputian’s ethics compared to ours are quite different and somewhat messed up. At a young age, the children of Lilliput are sent to a school where they are taught very well in many subjects. But what is so different from our forms of schooling, is that the children do not live with their family. Sometimes children can have brief visits with their parents and siblings, but not often. They are basically brought up by the Government.

The Lilliputians have many other odd traditions including burying their dead with their heads down. They do this because they believe that the dead rise after a week and flip over onto their feet. Lilliput and its neighboring country Blefuscu have been fighting for years over what side to crack an egg on. The Emperor’s Grandfather had cracked his egg on the bigger side according to tradition. But when he cut himself, he made the law that said you had to crack it on the smaller side. Many people did not like the law, and war broke out between the two parties.

There are also detailed descriptions of the people who live in Brobdingnag, and what this gigantic race believes. The Brobdingnagians treat Gulliver as if he is a fool when Gulliver describes how he would have attacked the monkey that captured him one day. The people listening just laugh him off thinking he could never do anything to hurt a creature of that size. They make fun of him for trying to be brave, but don’t put themselves in his shoes first. In Brobdingnag, a monkey would’ve been quite big compared to an Englishman like Gulliver.

Besides the fact that Brobdingnagians have never thought about what it’s like to be small, they are horrified when Gulliver describes England’s guns and cannons. They hate war and treat it like it’s a sickness to be avoided. But unlike Lilliput, they just don’t have anything to fight over. It’s not just that they don’t like war, but that it’s unnecessary in their circumstances. So therefore they have never even thought about creating weapons of their own.

I hope this essay has given you more information on Lilliput and Brobdingnag. There is so much to study in just sixteen chapters, part 1 and part 2. Even though I didn’t review the whole book, I thought that there were many examples of power and ethics in just two parts. I also mixed in the views of each country, that had to do with their power and ethics, and talked about the community’s ideas and traditions. If you have not read Gulliver’s Travels, it is quite an interesting book that you should read. If you have read it, I hope this has helped you!

Warriors vs. Seekers

Hi guys! I decided to do another post on which series you like the best. The Warriors and the Seekers are two series by the same author, but about different animals. The Warriors is about cats, and the Seekers is about bears. If you have read all or part of these series, please comment which one is your favorite. Thanks!😜

Poll for my Blog

Movie Recommendations 2

Hi everybody! I thought I’d do a post on movies that are from 2015-1017 that I’ve watched. My favorites on this list are Zootopia, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast, The Secret Life of Pets, The Jungle Book, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yes I have watched all these movies and they are all awesome! I haven’t watched Sing or Miss P’s Home for Peculiar Children yet, but I’m getting them soon! All of these movies are PG except for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Rogue One which are PG-13. Enjoy!

  • Inside Out (ages 9 and up)
  • Minions (ages 8 and up)
  • The Good Dinosaur (ages 8 and up)
  • Home (ages 7 and up)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (ages 8 and up)
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie (ages 9 and up)
  • Cinderella (ages 10 and up)
  • Finding Dory (ages 10 and up)
  • Zootopia (ages 10 and up)
  • Moana (ages 8 and up)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (ages 8 and up)
  • The BFG (ages 10 and up)
  • The Jungle Book (ages 10 and up)
  • The Angry Birds Movie (ages 7 and up)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 (ages 9 and up)
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (ages 10 and up)
  • Rogue One (ages 12 and up)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (ages 12 and up)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (ages 9 and up)
  • Beauty and the Beast (ages 11 and up)

Harry Potter vs. The Lord of the Rings

Hi guys! Recently I’ve been thinking which series is better: The Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter. I really like them both for different reasons, but I was wondering what you all think of these series. Comment below which series you like better, and why you like it better. It’s fine if you like both the same!😜 I will be doing more of these, so get ready to do some serious book evaluations!😃😃

Black Beauty

Black Beauty is a wonderfully written book about a horse’s life in the 19th century. But this book is like none other, as the perspective is from the horse, not the humans. The reader gets a look at how Black Beauty responds to kindness and to mistreatment. The author Anna Sewell, was adamant about horses and other animals being treated well. She was crippled as a young child, but was able to ride in horse-drawn carriages. While riding, she witnessed many abused horses. This led her to write Black Beauty. Though she wanted to pursue art, it was looked down upon in her day, so she took to writing this impactful book.

This book is about Black Beauty’s different homes and owners, and how they treated him. Black Beauty lived on a farm with his mother Duchess until he was broken in at four years old. He was treated well at his first home and had a happy life there. At his second home, he was given his name by the kind Gordon family that live at Birtwick Hall. Although he had to get used to carrying people on his back and wearing reins, he made two good friends: the ornery Ginger and jovial Merrylegs. Both of them teach him the ways there, including having great patience with ignorant children. John Manly, the man who takes care of them, is careful and knowledgeable about horses. He is quick to bring abusive masters to justice, and never uses violence himself.

Not all homes are kind to Black Beauty though. There is the mistress at Earlshell, who demands the use of the painful check rein, and the cruel Jakes, who mistreats him. But Black Beauty has the courage to not lash out at people like this. He knows there will be better days, and remembers his good masters. In the end, all turns out well for Black Beauty, but there are many trying times when he doesn’t know if he can bear the stress of “fashion” any longer. He wasn’t the only animal to be used this way. Other creatures like dogs had the tip of their ears cut off as puppies. All of this was for the sake of fashion and looks, never once did people like this think about what the animal was undergoing.

Anna Sewell wrote this book so people would understand and treat animals better. Her morals taught her that no human or animal should be treated unjustly. The way she wrote this book almost makes the reader understand what Black Beauty is feeling. Anna understood animals herself, she could see in them what the careless and cruel man couldn’t. She saw that horses couldn’t function correctly if they were fastened in a tight check rein. That the bit in their mouth often cut them if pulled to tightly. And that whipping horses only made them more scared. She was able to see inside their mind, and share what she saw in this book.

Black Beauty is a book for all ages of people who want a view of Victorian life, and a horse’s life. Parts of it can make you angry, sad, or joyful when Black Beauty go to live in different homes. Today mistreatment of animals still happens. This book still applies to us. Although we don’t hurt animals to make them look fashionable, we can still be cruel in other ways. Anna Sewell would want you to take into mind the thoughts of every living creature. Maybe there are ways that you could help. Like volunteering at an animal shelter, or making animal mistreatment known to the world. Just like Anna Sewell and the other understanding people who spoke out for creatures that can’t speak.