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Swift was dean of St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin when his novel came out Since in this book he wrote about and often harpooned-prominent political figures he published the book anonymously While most readers were trying like mad to find out who the author was Swifts close friends had fun keeping the secret Londonwas stunned with thoughts about the authors identity as well as those of some of his charactersSwifts dying years were a torment He suffered awful bouts of dizziness nausea deafness and mental incapacity In fact Swifts harshest critics tried to discredit the Travels on the grounds that the author was mad when he wrote it But he wasnt The Travels were published in 1726- and Part IV which raised the most controversy was written before Part III- and Swift didnt enter a mental institution until 1742 He died in 1745 Gullivers Travels is the story about Lemuel Gulliver as he travels to the strange lands of Lilliput Brobdingnag the kingdom of Laputa and the land of the Houyhnhnms In Lilliput people are six inches high and Gulliver in comparison is a giant or a Man-Mountain as the little people call him Gulliver becomes involved with the domestic problems of the Lilliputian government The government made to deal with Gulliver The document outlines the terms of his freedom One of these terms is that Gulliver must help the Lilliputians in their war against Blefuscu Gulliver steels the enemys fleet and takes it across the harbor back to Lilliput For a short time hes a hero But
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