Discussion questions – Gulliver’s Travels Book I: “A Voyage to Lilliput” Chapter 1 – 4

  • What is the reaction of the Lilliputians the first time Gulliver needs to “make water?” How does the discussion of the “point of cleanliness” diminish the stature even of the “Man Mountain?”  Why do you think Swift includes so much scatological (potty, bodily fluids and excretions) humor?
  • Why does Swift include so much specific detail about the amount of food Gulliver consumes?  Hint: what does Swift want to remind humanity…?


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