Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels , Part IV. ENGL 203 Dr. Fike. Next Time. Midterm Examination: Terms and other details—define and connect Quotations—identify, analyze, connect Essay related to periodicity—argue for a position What to study: Your quizzes Quotations we discussed in class
Part II: He is left behind by his shipmates.
Part III: He is set adrift by pirates.
Part IV: He is abandoned by mutineers.
Meets the Brobdingnagians.
Visits Laputa, a floating island, whose academics oppress the people below in Balnibarbi.
Visits the Houyhnhnms.What pattern emerges from G’s journeys?
1. Where do you think G falls on a continuum between Yahoo (total passion) and Houyhnhnm (total reason)? Find passages that support your position.
“I expected every Moment, that my Master would accuse the Yahoos of those unnatural Appetites in both Sexes, so common among us. But Nature it seems hath not been so expert a Schoolmistress; and these politer Pleasures are entirely the Productions of Art and Reason, on our Side of the Globe.”
“What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.”
3. What does G do with his realization? Let’s think, in particular, about his relationship with Pedro de Mendez and his reactions once he reaches home.
4. How does GT illustrate the distinction we have been developing between surface and depth? Think especially about what G does after he returns home.