Gulliver’s Travels: Giants, Horses, and Yahoos


I.                    Book II: A Voyage to Brobdingnag

A.     Why big people?

B.     Glumdalglitch, the Famer’s Daughter

C.     Lorbrulgrud, the Pride of the Universe

D.     In the Queen’s Court: Echoes of Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel

E.      A Rational King

F.      The Laws of Nature: The Theodicy

II.                 The Problem with Bigness

A.     Size as Allegory

B.     Propriety and Human Nature

C.     The Dangerous Monkey

D.     Explaining Europe to the King

E.      The Dignity of Human Kind

III.               The Country of the Houyhnhnms: Life as a Yahoo

A.     Yahoo Culture

B.     Houyhnhnm Ethics

C.     Gulliver and His Master

D.     The Thing Which is Not

E.      Explaining Europe and England to a Houyhnhnm

F.      The General Assembly Speaks