9 de mar. de 2023

Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's accounts mix fantasy, politics and human behavior. In each village the traveler finds societies formed in structures completely different from the ones he is used to. Gulliver's analysis of each of these places makes us think a lot about our own social structure. These islands pioneered by Gulliver not only have a society formed with rules completely different from ours, but also in some of these settlements the inhabitants are not even human. In some places the natives are tiny who consider Gulliver a giant threat, in others the inhabitants are giants and Gulliver needs to adapt to life being carried around at all times like a pet.

But my favorite are the huyhnhnms. The talking horses that don't know the lie and create Yahus, creatures physically very similar to us humans, but devoid of intelligence.

The whole book is a great satire and criticism of society at the time and the British government, which for a long time was extremely hostile towards the countries it colonized, include Ireland on this list. But it is clear that even though it was released at the end of the 19th century, all the criticisms remain extremely current and we can easily see our society within the situations reported by Gulliver.


Title: Gulliver's Travels
Product Details: Jonathan Swift
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (March 28, 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 132 pages


The work became a movie, see below some curiosities about the production:

1 - Was Taylor Lautner initially considered to play Horatio in the movie? But the producers changed their minds when they considered him too young for the role, which ended up with Jason Segel.

2 - Actress Emily Blunt refused to participate in "Iron Man 2" just to be able to act in "Gulliver's Travels"?

3 - the only reference to Jonathan Swift, author of the book on which the film was based, is a boat whose name is Swift Passage? In the scene where the port appears, it is located on the far right.

4 - Is Lilliput Palace, in fact, Blenheim Palace, a rural palace located in Woodstock, England? It was there that Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born.

5 - the stone prison where Gulliver is imprisoned was shaped after a natural formation of volcanic origin on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, formed by more than 40 thousand basalt columns interspersed in a different way? Its name in Irish is "Clochan an Aifir", which means "Giant's Causeway".

6 - Does the film make numerous references to the Star Wars film franchise? It turns out that many of the people who worked on the saga also participated in "Gulliver's Travels". Among them, cameraman David Tattersalle and production designer Gavin Bocquet.

Good Reading and Good Movie.

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Matias Santana

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