Discussion questions – Gulliver’s Travels Book I Chapters V – VIII: Why does Gulliver decide not to take his case to trial?

  • Why does Gulliver decide not to take his case to trial?
  • Bolingbroke fled to France just before his trial, just as Gulliver escapes to Blefuscu. How is Gulliver received? What is the emperor of Blefuscu’s answer to the Lilliputian demands?
  • Swift, both in his day and in ours, has often been accused of being a bitter hater of mankind. He himself said that he “hated groups, but loved individuals.” What do you think he meant? Does “A Voyage to Lilliput” allow any optimism? Defend your answer.
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