Gulliver’s Travels: Part 1, Chapter 3

Gulliver’s gentleness and good behavior has gained so far on the emperor and his Court, as well as the villagers and army. He believes he’ll get his freedom soon enough. The emperor decides to entertain him with shows, including a performance by Rope-Dancers, who are Lilliputians seeking employment in the government. Another diversion is three silken threads of different colors laid on a table. He then holds out a stick, and candidates are asked to leap over it or creep under it. Whoever shows the most dexterity wins one of the ribbons.

Gulliver builds a platform with sticks and a thin cloth for the Lilliputians to exercise on, and although the emperor enjoys this entertainment, it is cut short when a horse rips through the cloth. Gulliver decides that it is too dangerous for the little people to dance on.

Some Lilliputians discover Gulliver’s hat, which washed ashore after him, and he asks them to bring it back. Soon after, the emperor asks Gulliver to pose like a colossus, or giant statue, so that his troops might march under Gulliver.

Finally, Gulliver’s chains are removed when he agrees to help the Lilliputians in times of war, survey the land around them, help with construction, and deliver urgent messages.

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Gulliver’s Travels: Part 1, Chapter 2

Chapter two begins with mercy from the Lilliputians as they allow him to stand and look at the beautiful, theater-like countryside. Then he continues into an explanation of relieving himself, because apparently that’s necessary to establish that he is clean. And, yes, I realize this is one of his examples of satire.

Anyway, the emperor, dressed plainly, visits on horseback from his tower, and orders servants to feed Gulliver and satisfy his thirst as well. After two hours, Gulliver is left with a group of soldiers guarding him. Some of them, disobeying orders, try to shoot arrows at him. As a punishment, the brigadier ties up six of these offenders and places them in Gulliver’s hand. Gulliver puts five of them into his pocket and pretends that he is going to eat the sixth, but then cuts loose his ropes and sets him free. He does the same with the other five.

Two weeks pass and a bed is made for Gulliver. Villagers become curious when they find out about Gulliver, and the government taxes them every time they go to see him. The government tries to figure out what to do with Gulliver, but can’t decide on anything due to the many consequences. Finally, they decide that due to Gulliver’s mercy on the six soldiers, they would keep him alive and feed him every morning, supply him with servants, make him new clothes, and teach him their language.

Gulliver constantly begs to be set free, but the emperor merely tells him  to be patient. Then the emperor searches Gulliver, who willingly lets soldiers climb into his pockets. They take away his weapons. After this is completed, the emperor observed all of Gulliver’s objects. This included his knife, which had rusted slightly, his bullets, and his watch, along with all of his money and a few other insignificant items. He kept his glasses a secret.

Gulliver’s Travels: Part 1, Chapter 1

The first part of Gulliver’s Travels begins with Lemuel Gulliver explaining his life so far. He is the third of five sons, and his family is too poor to keep him in school so they sent him away to become a surgeon. He learns from a man named James Bates. Then, he becomes a surgeon aboard a ship called the Swallow for three years. After that, he settles down with a woman named Mary Burton; but, when his business begins to fail, he travels at sea for six more years. Just before he decides to go home, he accepts one more job that gets him into trouble. The boat encounters a violent storm, in which twelve crewmen die and six others, including Gulliver, get on a rowboat and try to make it to shore. Only Gulliver makes it.

When he gets to the island, he decides to rest; when he wakes up, though, he finds that his arms, legs, and long hair have been tied to the ground with pieces of thread. Something  crawls up his leg and over his chest, and when he looks down as far as he can, he finds a six-inch human with a bow and arrow. Gulliver screams when forty more small people crawl atop him, and one of them shout in a foreign language.

He struggles to get loose, but when he does the people shoot arrows into his body. He lays still until nightfall, and then a stage is built for a little person to stand on and make a speech in a language Gulliver does not understand. When he is hungry, the little people bring him food and drink. An official climbs onto Gulliver’s body and tells him that he is to be carried to the capital city. Gulliver wants to walk, but they tell him that that will not be permitted. Instead, they bring a frame of wood raised three inches off the ground and carried by twenty-two wheels. Nine hundred men pull this cart about half a mile to the city. Gulliver’s left leg is then padlocked to a large temple, giving him only enough freedom to walk around the building in a semicircle and lie down inside the temple.

Andrew Sullivan’s “Why I Blog”

Andrew Sullivan does an excellent job of explaining what “blog” means in the beginning of his own blog. I’ve always heard the word blog, and I never really understood what it was until I read through this. Then he compares formal writing to blogging; in blogging, he says that you don’t really need to edit anything unless it involves punctuation or spelling.

Mr. Sullivan tells us how blogs make a connection with the readers and the author. It’s easier for the reader to understand what you’re saying through something more personal rather than a formal essay on a topic that doesn’t reflect the here and now. Blogging allows the author the advantage of being able to publish something and the author’s opinion on that topic, as well as displaying it with images and hyperlinks. Sullivan tries to convey in this article how blogging can be done immediately after you’ve witnessed a personal experience, and you are willing to share this for people to relate to.

Sullivan doesn’t speak of the concept of blogging all the time; he also begins talking about his experiences of when he first blogged and other experiences he’s had with blogging. He states, “A successful blog therefore has to balance itself between a writers own take on the world and others.” I think he means that a blogger must be open-minded, and balance his or her own opinions with others’. If a blogger is biased towards a certain subject, then he or she will attract bad reviews, and be unsuccessful. By connecting with the readers, it’s easier to receive the positive feedback that’ll help you to write your next blog and to continuously be successful in the blogging industry.