Discussion questions – Gulliver’s Travels Book I Chapters V – VIII: How does Gulliver save the “noble pile

  • How does Gulliver save the “noble pile, which had cost so many ages in erecting” from the fire? Figuratively, what attitude is Swift taking toward the royalty at the palace?
  • List the various Lilliputian customs and laws that Gulliver finds so unusual. What is his comment in comparing these laws to those of his own country?
  • Describe how the government in Lilliput hinges its judicial system on both reward and punishment. Compare the symbol of justice in Lilliput with the symbol in England. Which do you consider a better symbol?  Explain.


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