Gulliver's Travels

From Hero's Journey Text Set

Swift, Jonathan. (2004). Gulliver’s Travels. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics/Barnes & Noble Books.


A travel-journal-style political satire criticizing 18th-century British government and society. Lemuel Gulliver is shipwrecked and must make his way home through England. The four parts of the book take place in four different fantastical countries, each one providing lessons to readers about the follies of government and society. As with The Odyssey, students may find the text hard to follow at first, but will be richly rewarded with an “out of this world” view of society.


Literary Theories:

New Historicism