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Gulliver's Travels: A Voyage to Lilliput
Summary of A Voyage to Lilliput | Background Information | Tourist Attractions

By: Jonathan Smith


"A Voyage to Lilliput" is the first of four sections into which Gulliver's main voyages are separated into.  In this section of Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver encounters serveral figuers and a miniature society that Swift uses to satirize and represent England's modern political conflicts. 

Swift wrote this satirical novel betwwen the years of 1712 and 1726 while residing in London and Dublin.  On the surface of the novel, Swift's main character, Lemuel Gulliver, strives to understand the various socieities in which he comes into contact with and to distinguish his his native English society.  Below the surface, however, Swift is engaged in a conflict with the English society he is satirizing.


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