Discussion questions – Gulliver’s Travels Book I: “A Voyage to Lilliput”: Considering the above, why do you think Swift calls

  1. Considering the above, why do you think Swift calls the two rival political parties the Tramecksan and the Slamecksan?  Are these completely nonsense words, or is Swift being clever here?
  2. What is Swift’s satirical target on the bottom of page 47 and continuing onto page 48?
  3. What is the difference between Big Endians and Little Indians? How does it parallel the difficulties between Catholics and Protestants in England? Note Henry VIII’s breaking away from Rome, Charles I lost his life, James II lost his throne, and that Blefuscu represents France, England’s (Lilliput’s) rival.
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