Gulliver's Travels | Study Guide

Jonathan Swift

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Gulliver's Travels Study Guide." Course Hero. 28 Nov. 2016. Web. 20 July 2018. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Gullivers-Travels/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2016, November 28). Gulliver's Travels Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved July 20, 2018, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Gullivers-Travels/

In text

(Course Hero, 2016)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Gulliver's Travels Study Guide." November 28, 2016. Accessed July 20, 2018. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Gullivers-Travels/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "Gulliver's Travels Study Guide," November 28, 2016, accessed July 20, 2018, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Gullivers-Travels/.

Gulliver's Travels | Part 3, Chapter 11 | Summary

Share
Share

Summary

Gulliver leaves Luggnagg for Japan. He pretends to be Dutch because they are the only Europeans allowed into Japan. He secures passage to the port town of Xamoschi. Even though the customs officer suspects Gulliver is not Dutch, he asks few questions and allows Gulliver to pass as a favor to the king of Luggnagg. Gulliver travels to Nangasac and uses a false history to join a ship's crew bound for Amsterdam. From Amsterdam, he returns to find his wife and family well in England.

Analysis

The only real-world location presented on Gulliver's itinerary, Japan is as mysterious as the city in the clouds and, arguably, more difficult to access. This is due in part to the real-life Japanese foreign-travel policy, Sakoku, which made it impossible for most people to enter or leave the country—even the Dutch, who were permitted because they were important to Japanese trade, had only restricted access to parts of the country. This made Japan seem very mysterious and exotic to Europeans. Gulliver is able to access the country based on a combination of deception and his connections to nearby lands that engage in trade with Japan. Yet the Japanese treat Gulliver with kindness and respect, in contrast to the other Europeans, namely the Dutch who might kill Gulliver if his true identity were revealed. As is evident in the entire section, hospitality is offered freely by those with less direct connection to Gulliver's world than by those to whom Gulliver is most similar.

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Gulliver's Travels? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!