Discussion questions – Gulliver’s Travels Book I Chapters V – VIII: The articles of impeachment are a reference to the Committee of Secrecy’s report

  • The articles of impeachment are a reference to the Committee of Secrecy’s report in which the ousted Tory ministers were impeached for high treason. How are they made ridiculous? Why is the trip to Blefuscu traitorous, according to the articles?
  • What plan for execution did Gulliver’s enemies wish to execute? What more “lenient” punishment did the Emperor finally approve? Examine Gulliver’s friend’s suggestions for establishing a monument to his greatness. What is the irony of the plan?
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