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Gulliver’s Travels

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Author: Jonathan Swift
Key Words: Political Allegory, History & Criticism

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Book Description:

Considered the greatest satire ever written in English, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels chronicles the fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, principally to four marvelous realms: Lilliput, where the people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land inhabited by giants; Laputa, a wondrous flying island; and a country where the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent horses, are served by savage humanoid creatures called Yahoos.

Beneath the surface of this enchanting fantasy lurks a devastating critique of human malevolence, stupidity, greed, vanity, and short-sightedness. A brilliant combination of adventure, humor, and philosophy, Gulliver’s Travels is one of literature’s most durable masterpieces.


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Sexual Content

Making Out/Sex - 10 Incidents

The word “rape” is used.

A man kisses a lady’s hand.

A false rumor is spread about an affair.

GRAPHIC: Mentions how giant women would use Gulliver as a sex toy, stripping him of his clothes and putting him on their breasts and astride one of their nipples etc.

Mentions a woman that ran away from her husband and was living with her lover.

Mentions men who are desired by the other sex and the favours they receive (more implied).

Mentions men who have affairs with lewd women, contract diseases and then marry other women for money. Speaks of sensuality.

Mentions a group having the women in common.

A man strips himself stark naked and a woman seeing this, runs up to him and embraces him (probably implying she wants more).

“I began to consider, that by copulating with one of the Yahoo species [humans] I had become a parent to more.” Mentions a woman kissing her husband.

Miscellaneous - 35 Incidents

GRAPHIC: References sexual and vulgar portions that are in the story.

Mentions a play on words for “whore.” Crude.

The word “sex” is used (throughout the entire book) always to mean “gender.”

The word “breast” is used often to mean “chest."

A man says he’s ready to strip himself naked.

Crude reference to a man’s pants and innuendo to his male parts.

GRAPHIC: Reference to “dildo men.”

Mentions male and female and propagating.

A man strips of his clothes and swims.

GRAPHIC: Vulgar: a man discusses/describes a giant woman’s breasts.

Mentions a girl that had “forward parts for her age” referring to her breasts.

Describes how a giant girl would undress a man.

GRAPHIC: Describes a woman with cancer in her breast.

“A nurse does a child she is going to suckle.”

Eludes to a man’s butt.

The word “prostitute” is used.

Mentions how giants want to get Gulliver a woman of his size so he can propagate.

Mentions a play on words for “whore.” Crude.

Uses the word “anus.”

The word “prostitute” is used.

Mentions syphilitic infection.

Mentions chastity to sodomites, whores.

Mentions a whore.

“Owed their greatness and wealth to sodomy, incest; others to the prostituting of their own wives and daughters…”

Describes the body of the Yahoos (humans) using words such as breasts, anus, buttocks, dugs, “both sexes.”

A humanized horse sees a man naked one morning.

Mentions castrating horses.

Mentions prostitute Yahoos [humans] and propagating.

The word “sex” is used several times and talks of breeding.

Humans would “privately suck the teats of the … cows.”

Mentions how horses are castrated and it is suggested maybe humans should be too.

Mentions people are “stark naked.”

Mentions natives all go naked.

“Naked Americans”

References naked people.


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 5 Incidents

a**(donkey), a**es (donkey)

Scatological Terms - 4 Incidents

bl**dy (as in lots of blood)

Violence - 1 Incident

Describes a man being beheaded.

Conversation Topics - 32 Incidents

Lists a number of sins such as drinking, whoring, rapes, sodomy.

References Gulliver’s communing with the dead.

Mentions tobacco and alcoholic beverages throughout the book.

References human excrement and its disposal.

References the seance in the story.

References human excrement and its disposal.

Lists gamesters, drunkards, strolling whores, poxes etc.

References human excrement and its disposal.

A man relieves himself.

A man relieves himself.

Mentions snuff and a snuff box.

A man relieves himself.

Mentions a law against men relieving themselves (“shall make water”) in certain ways/places.

Mentions a law against men relieving themselves (“discharge of urine”) in certain ways/places.

A man thinks about ending his life.

A man gestures to a woman that he needs to relieve himself.

Mentions “embryo, or abortive birth.”

Mentions “abortive births.”

References are made a few times throughout the book to the Greek gods.

Mentions the zodiac and astrology, sprites and hobgoblins.

“Which hand they wiped their posteriors.”

Seance: Gulliver meets with sorcerers and magicians that do magic tricks and can call people from the dead. Gulliver sees and talks with many of them.

Described Yahoos throwing their excrements at Gulliver.

Evolution: Mentions man being a kind of animal a few times in the book and makes reference to Nature.

Lists a number of sins such as drinking, whoring, rapes, sodomy.

Medical discusses human’s posteriors and excretion.

Mentions a concoction of dung and urine that Yahoos (humans) drink.

Mentions discharging one’s excrements on someone.

Mentions a baby that urinates on a man.

Lists drunkards, strolling whores, poxes etc.

Lists gamester, whore-master, etc.

References “abortive births.”

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