Discussion questions – Gulliver’s Travels Book I Chapters V – VIII: Describe how Gulliver defeats the fleet from Blefuscu

  • Describe how Gulliver defeats the fleet from Blefuscu.  What causes the Lilliputians a few moments of anxiety?
  • The “peace” which is mentioned refers to the Treaty of Utrecht, which brought the war between England and France to a close but left many bitter conflicts between the Whigs and the Tories.  Describe the relationship between Blefuscu and Gulliver.  How would this fuel the fires between Gulliver and the Lilliputians?  What does this indicate about the charges made about favoring France and those that the Whigs made against the Tories?  How does this change Gulliver’s favor with the Emperor?  What does this new attitude indicate about the dependability of friends at court?
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