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The author has included reading comprehension questions in order to guide the student through specific elements of the story; you may want to select among them according to the needs and reading levels of the students as well as the time available.
Consider them, as well as everything else in the guide, to be an option or suggestion rather than an obligation or requirement. We hope that you find the background material, which is addressed specifically to teachers, useful preparation for teaching the book. As always, Core Knowledge prefers to emphasize what to teach rather than how to teach it, but we also are interested in helping teachers share their experience of what works in the classroom.
We hope this guide helps make Gullivers Travels an adventure in reading for you and your students. The page numbers in the Guide refer to the revised edition of Gullivers Travels published by the Core Knowledge Foundation. Teaching Gulliver's Travels Why is Gulliver's Travels, a biting satire full of veiled references to long dead and obscure politicians and courtiers, popular with children? Not only are there many beautifully illustrated editions in print, but it 's been a made for TV movie and a Disney cartoon.
Part of its immediate and lasting appeal must come from the fact that children experience the world from a point of view very like Gulliver's. On the one hand, they are small in the world of adults, and therefore feel trivialized like Gulliver in Brobdingnag. While omnipotent adults can laugh at the weaknesses of children, on the other hand, youngsters are keenly aware of the slack wrinkly skin and hairy pores of grown-ups.
As a refuge from this land of giants, children can make themselves Gullivers in Lilliput by playing with dolls or toy soldiers that are totally under their control. Gulliver's Travels clearly appeals to children, but what should they learn from reading it?
This teacher's manual begins with an introductory essay on Jonathan Swift's life and times that is designed to show Gulliver's Travels as part of the eighteenth century expression of reason and neoclassicism.
Additionally for each chapter a section called "Notes for Teachers" explains the action and points out themes, techniques, and images.
Besides enjoying the big people and little people, fourth graders can be shown that Gulliver raises some very interesting questions about human nature. While the Bible warns "Pride goes before a fall" Proverbs , men in the Age of Reason had good cause to pride themselves on their ability to see more clearly than ever before their place in the universe.
Students might also be interested in how Swift took material from his own experiences; they can see how in some situations we feel bigger than our fellows, while in others we feel humiliatingly small. In either case, though, people need some way of keeping our perspective--are we really big or small?
How do others see us? Gulliver's Travels helps students see what things they can rightly take pride in without getting too big for their britches. It suggests that the proper use of reason is not to figure out the mysteries of the universe but to gain self-knowledge and attain the golden mean so prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The proper study of mankind is man. Because the book is multi-layered and complicated, a major problem for nine and ten year olds is that readers can never be sure what Gulliver says represents Swits view.
Therefore some understanding of satire is necessary if the class is to know Gulliver's Travels as anything more than a fantasy about big and little people. The methods and aims of satire are introduced on p. This teacher's guide also includes vocabulary exercises presented in chapter groups. These are probably best done before the reading is assigned. First students must use a dictionary to match the words to their definitions. Then they can fill in the blanks in two sets of sentences; sentences in the second group are passages from Gulliver's Travels and could be done with or without books depending on the ability of the students.
Like Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver's Travels is a children's book with profound meaning for adults. But good teachers can make it an introduction to a mature way of reading of looking beneath the surface, questioning the narrator's reliability, noticing the author's technique, all the while learning to know oneself. Introduction: Jonathan Swift and the Age of Reason Jonathan Swift's life and character were full of surprising and ironic contradictions.
On the one hand his masterpiece became a popular children's classic, and on the other, at age 32 he had vowed, "Not to be fond of children, nor let them come near me hardly Murry, p. Although Swift had no real parents and didn't have an especially happy childhood, Gulliver's Travels shows that he understood the minds of children very well. The two women most important to him were children when he met them, and they became his dedicated pupils and lifelong friends.
At the same time that Swift was writing weekly sophisticated political essays and hobnobbing with wealthy, aristocratic government officials, he wrote to one of these women, Stella, a famous series of letters sprinkled with a private language of baby talk. Though two women devoted their lives to loving him, Swift remained a bachelor.
He hated his birthplace, Ireland, but is rightly regarded there as a national hero. He crusaded against abuses of reason but lost his mental powers three years before he died. He wrote scathing satires on behalf of human dignity that are famous for being full of reminders of human filth. He was a self-proclaimed misanthrope who gave away one third of his income to charity. Though he is a world famous author, he considered his life a series of bitter disappointments.
His masterpiece, Gulliver's Travels, a complicated, unblinking criticism of humanity, written, Swift said, "to vex the world rather than divert it," has become a book to entertain school children. In fact, Gulliver's Travels, with its double vision--the mindboggling switches between big and little-- provides the key to resolving these paradoxes; it shows that to Swift everything is a matter of proportion and balance, of keeping proper perspective.
In his own life Jonathan Swift seems to have swung between the swollen pride of great expectations and the deflation of last minute disappointments. Even with his enormous literary success and undisputed political influence, Swift felt cheated. He described in a letter what he considered to be the pattern of his life, "I remember when I was a little boy I felt a great fish at the end of my line which I drew up almost on the ground, but it dropped in,.
His father, a lawyer, died seven months before he was born, and in adulthood Swift told stories of how his nurse, who was too fond of him, kidnapped him and took him to her home in England for a few years.
By the time the nurse was ready to return him, his mother had moved to England herself; he did not see her again until he was twenty. So Swift was raised and educated by a his father's brother and always felt himself to be in the humiliating position of a poor relation. He was sent away at six to a good boarding school, where, at meals, boys could speak only in Latin. At age fourteen he went to Trinity College in Dublin. Though his uncle had sent him to the two best schools in Ireland, proudly sensitive Jonathan Swift felt that he had done so grudgingly.
After several discipline problems and a lackluster academic performance Swift received his bachelor's degree only by "special favor" of the administration. After this disgrace, he resolved to study eight hours a day and did so for seven years. For the rest of his life, despite a debilitating disease, he remained a model of productivity.
Jonathan Swift became one of the great writers of a time period called the Enlightenment, so named because people believed that the many scientific discoveries of the seventeenth century had ended mystery and superstition for good. Swift's friend Alexander Pope expressed the new faith in reason and science this way: Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night.
God said, "Let Newton be! Pope refers to Sir Isaac Newton - , who discovered the law of universal gravitation, and reasoned that the same laws that govern falling bodies on earth also explain the movements of planets and comets in the heavens.
Further, Newton developed calculus, found that white light is actually made up of all of the colors of the spectrum, and formulated the three laws of motion. The knowledge that the whole universe follows laws, rules that can be understood by reason, led to the optimistic belief that humans could know everything--and perhaps ultimately control everything. Because in the optimistic 18th century many people saw human nature as basically good, they believed that the human race would naturally use its scientific knowledge to do good.
Seeing that everything from the planets to the circulation of the blood is governed by rules and works with balance and order, the Age of Reason also thought that there were also discoverable rules that control human behavior, especially politics.
Jonathan Swift shared in the general optimism about human potential to this extent: he must have hoped that by criticizing people in such graphic and sometimes embarrassing detail, he could improve them.
After reading his satire, they would realize how far they had fallen from the ideal, and then they would want to do better. In his writing Swift tried to moderate the Enlightenment esteem for reason and keep people from forgetting their more animalistic tendencies. Gulliver, for example, proudly tells the humane though grossly large King of Brobdingnag about gunpowder, the scientific invention that will allow him to rule the world, but the horrified king brings him down to size, and calls him a grovelling insect.
The benevolent giant is shocked that something so small and insignificant could nevertheless take delight in cruelty and destruction. Jonathan Swift warns his readers that people are capable of doing evil to make themselves feel important. Swift must have believed that man could be improved, if not perfected, by exercising his common sense. His writing serves as a magnifying mirror to show us our faults so that we can see how far we have strayed from reasonable behavior and how much we are controlled by our passions and our pride.
But again and again Swift warns that reason is limited. In an essay that still horrifies high school seniors, "A Modest Proposal," Swift has his narrator blandly suggest that one hundred thousand Irish babies be fattened up for a year and then sold for food--to be fricasseed or roasted whole. Really soft gloves, the narrator adds, could be made from their skins. While his plan is perfectly reasonable from a practical number-crunching point of view, it is unthinkably inhumane.
The narrator has considered everything but the feelings of the people involved, and thus he reveals them to be the all important element.
Swift was trying to awaken a recognition in his readers that oppression of the poor by starving them while getting fat off the fruits of their labor is as cruel as raising them for slaughter. The suffering is the same; it's just a matter of perspective--whether the wealthy have to see what they're doing.
The Lilliputians show the same cold, mathematical logic as the ultra reasonable narrator of "A Modest Proposal" when they decide to get rid of Gulliver by blinding him and then starving him to make his corpse easier to dispose of. They leave out human feeling. The eighteenth century was also called the Neoclassical Period and people of that time had a high regard for classical virtues, especially moderation and restraint.
Rivero New York, , — Introduction xxiii human personality. Although he is never the equivalent of Swift, he is always the instrument of what Swift shows or says through him. It is usually more natural in the reading, and certainly more productive, to attend to a Swiftian agenda than to any sort of expression of Gulliverian personality in anything Gulliver says.
For Instance, A Crew of Pyrates are driven by a Storm they know not whither; at length a Boy discovers Land from the Top-mast; they go on Shore to rob and plunder; they see an harmless People, are entertained with Kindness, they give the Country a new Name, they take formal Possession of it for the King, they set up a rotten Plank or a Stone for a Memorial, they murder two or three Dozen of the Natives, bring away a Couple more by Force for a Sample, return home, and get their Pardon.
Here commences a new Dominion acquired with a Title by Divine Right.
This cannot be the same Gulliver, unless he is being stingingly ironic. That option contains its own readerly discomforts. Donald M. Frame ; Stanford, Calif. Introduction xxv expressed by travel writers and imperial adventurers before and since. In an equal and opposite way the account of the oppression of harmless natives is not what it seems. But he meant it in a way that is coloured by an opposite and competing perception, which the volume has been sustaining forcefully throughout.
All the active verbs belong to the invading evil-doers. Swift detested oppressors. They were an extreme example of a 33 For some examples, see Rawson, God, Gulliver, and Genocide, 23, —13 n. Swift was conscious of being open to charges of misanthropy and misogyny. Again, this is not to deny aggressive sentiments, and the counter-examples may have a defensive or compensatory element.
A Modest Proposal is an ironic variation on the old idea that the native Irish were cannibals. But the cannibal slur often directed at the natives is redirected at, or at least extended to, the Anglo-Irish ruling group to which Swift belonged, and also to the ogre nation England, willing to devour Ireland without salt.
The language of racial insult is used to attack the species as a whole, much as Augustan satirists used lordly language to attack malefactors, including lords, as low. I could perhaps like others have astonished thee with strange improbable Tales; but I rather chose to relate plain Matter of Fact in the simplest Manner and Style; because my principal Design was to inform, and not to amuse thee.
The puniness of the Lilliputians as they re-enact the doings of European societies is a comment on the latter which becomes increasingly stinging as Gulliver realizes that Europeans appear to the Brobdingnagians exactly as Lilliputians appear to him. The schematism is arithmetically very exact, as to the physical proportions between Lilliputians, humans, and Brobdingnagians, but some of its ostensible signals are subjected to disturbance or surprise. The Lilliputians are portrayed almost throughout as unedifyingly similar to corrupt Europeans, but in chapter vi they are suddenly described without warning as a Utopian commonwealth, not in every way appealing to a modern xxviii Introduction sensibility, but nevertheless recognizably modelled on the ideal commonwealths of Plato and Thomas More, and foreshadowing the ideally ordered Houyhnhnm society of Book IV.
Just as the Lilliputians are revealed to have had a constitution of great value before descending to their present state, so the Brobdingnagians, in reverse sequence, were once no better than other nations: For, in the Course of many Ages they have been troubled with the same Disease, to which the whole Race of Mankind is Subject; the Nobility often contending for Power, the People for Liberty, and the King for absolute Dominion.
Introduction xxix The passage refers to a technical concern over the propriety of standing armies, but transcends this issue into a wider consideration of processes of political change. Together with the passage from i. The same generational span is suggested in Book III, when Gulliver, in Glubbdubdrib, is disappointed with his summoning of the famous dead from the past, and desires instead to see the humbler exemplars of defunct English decencies: I descended so low as to desire that some English Yeomen of the old Stamp, might be summoned to appear; once so famous for the Simplicity of their Manners, Dyet and Dress; for Justice in their Dealings; for their true Spirit of Liberty; for their Valour and Love of their Country.
Neither could I be wholly unmoved after comparing the Living with the Dead, when I considered how all these pure native Virtues were prostituted for a Piece of Money by their Grand-children; who in selling their Votes, and managing at Elections have acquired every Vice and Corruption that can possibly be learned in a Court.
Present-day England is directly parallel to the societies described in Books I and III, to its discredit; it is inversely parallel to the society of Book II, also to its discredit. Historical cycles are often pessimistic concepts.
In theory, good and bad succeed one another, but as Plato implies, it is the downward cycles that tend to prevail. The story Swift tells about England, and other human societies, is that they are usually deteriorating. The ill-governed and disagreeable Lilliputians are incrementally contemptible because of their tiny size, while the Brobdingnagians tower above humans in dignity and virtue, their physical height coinciding with their possession of the moral high ground.
Characteristically, we are shown Brobdingnagians who do not live up to their best standards, and who are, for example, mercenary or cruel. The sores and cancers on the breasts of Brobdingnagian women, or the wen on the neck of their male counter-example ii. They show that Swift was not above respecting, and making creative satirical use of, what he recognized as good science, in spite of his well-known contempt for Royal Society experimentation, whose truth and utility seemed opaque to him, and which he attacked in the Academy of Lagado in Book III.
All humans have it, and there is no way of escaping or eradicating it. If the logic of this implication contains 35 PW i. The case of the Brobdingnagian breasts, monstrous and horrifying, is not self-evidently culpable, however. The example implicates all of us, because it is strongly emphasized that we are all included in the phenomenon, since this is how we appear to Lilliputians.
In all three humanity is portrayed in acts of moral turpitude, political misgovernment, colonial subjugation, legal malpractice, and intellectual folly.
It is the last of the exotic groups Gulliver meets before Book IV, and marks a decisive turning point in the work as a whole. Envy and impotent Desires, are their prevailing Passions. At Ninety they lose their Teeth and Hair; they have at that Age no Distinction of Taste, but eat and drink whatever they can get, without Relish or Appetite. The Diseases they were subject to, still continue without encreasing or diminishing. In talking, they forget the common Appellation of Things, and the Names of Persons, even of those who are their nearest Friends and Relations.
They were the most mortifying Sight I ever beheld; and the Women more horrible than the Men. Besides the usual Deformities in extreme old Age, they acquired an additional Ghastliness in Proportion to their Number of Years, which is not to be described.
It is possible that all these elements were in play. We are now entering satirical territory of a new kind, in which depravity is not the mark of what people do, but of who they are.
They sketch out, in a small prophetic way, the guilt of being merely human, and thus prepare us for the Yahoos. Upon this great foundation of Misanthropy though not Timons manner the whole building of my Travells is erected. The association was proverbial. In a subsequent letter to Pope of 26 November , he reversed his acknowledgement of misanthropy by an apparent denial: I tell you after all that I do not hate Mankind, it is vous autr[e]s who hate them because you would have them reasonable Animals, and are Angry for being disappointed.
Mazzeo ed. The latter meaning is a lower usage existing in a tension with the higher, a tension which is often present in ordinary speech, and is a matter of systematic awareness and exploitation in Book IV. For fuller discussion, see Rawson, Gulliver and the Gentle Reader, 18— Introduction xxxvii Prey for its Cruelty, or a sharp Stone for cutting his Hoof. But, when a Creature pretending to Reason, could be capable of such Enormities, he dreaded lest the Corruption of that Faculty might be worse than Brutality itself.
The kite in the letter is to some extent like men, whom Swift professes not to hate or be angry with because they know no better.
But a further distinction is introduced. It is Yahoos, not us, whom the Houyhnhnm says he hates but does not blame. In a later conversation, about the sexual mores of the Yahoos, and their bearing on our own, Gulliver reports: 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.
In a similar barrage of mixed signals, humans are denied the reason they take pride in, but also have it, and it makes them worse. This satirical manner is the opposite of the one practised by Pope or Fielding, or Gibbon , which aims to establish solidarity with the reader against a bad world.
Sniping at the reader may be an expression of temperamental aggressiveness, but it contributes to the suggestion that the reader, if only as a member of the human race, is included in the general inculpation. In that sense, it follows that the narrator and the satirist are similarly included, a fact of which Gulliver is painfully aware, and from which Swift often makes clear in many of his writings that he also is not exempt.