The Plot in Gulliver's Travels

The Plot in Gulliver's Travels


Gulliver, a respectable Englishman who loves to sail, gets shipwrecked on the coast of Liliput. He is captured by the minuscule inhabitants of the island.

Rising Action

The emperor of all Lilliputians forces Gulliver to be his servant.

The ruler invents a new type of entertainment. His new form of entertainment is watching his soldiers in full armor marching around and fake fighting.  

While the Blefuscu army gets ready for an attack Gulliver takes their fleet to the Liliputian emperor but refuses to enslave them.

A noble appears at Gulliver's house in the night and tells him that the Emperor of Liliput is envious of his status and wants to kill him. The noble also tells him how the emperor is going to try and kill him: The ruler wanted to shoot poisoned arrows into the Englishman's head until it bursts.

Gulliver steals a boat from the Lilliputians and rides it far away from the island of Lilliput. He sees an English merchant ship that was heading for England. When the crew sees Gulliver they haul him aboard. The captain of the ship asks the Englishman from whence he came and Gulliver relates his story.  He does not believe Guliver and takes him for a madman.

After the Englishman arrives back in England, he goes on another voyage. When they spot an island, the crew of the ship stops there and finds a leak in the hull of their vessel. A giant and his family who live on the island take Gulliver to their home as a pet. Almost being crushed by accident by one of the inhabitants of the island Gulliver narrowly escapes death.

The queen of the land of the Brobdingnags buys Gulliver from the farmer who captured him and gifts him to her son as a pet.  

The prince starts talking about how his kingdom is more powerful than Gulliver's. This infuriates the gentleman to such a point that he makes the prince cry by threatening him with violence. The King is irritated by Gulliver's action and demands the unhappy Englishman to explain his actions. Gulliver says that the reason that he threatened the child was that the boy had said that the nation of the Brobdingnags was greater than the nation of England. Because of this reason Gulliver was excused.

The ruler of the Brobdingnags takes Gulliver and puts him in a cage, then carries the Englishman to the sea side. Gulliver finds a way to get into the sea with his cage and floats away. The captain of a ship that was sailing by sees Gulliver's cage in the water and takes him out. When Gulliver relates his story the captain thinks that the Englishman had went bonkers from his experience.

(To Be Continued)