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Gulliver's Travels -plot outline and analysis of the film "Gullivers Travels" from 2010, starring Jack Black.

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Elfi Clijsters Jonathan Swift - Gulliver’s Travels Gulliver’s Travels In this paper I will discuss Jonathan Swift´s masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels through an adaptation for the screen. The under-appreciated movie Gulliver's Travels from 1996, by director Charles Sturridge, left a lasting impression on those who saw the film, this film is worthy of analysis in this paper. Unfortunately, I could not find it anywhere, regardless of where I searched. Therefore I decided to involve the latest version of the movie, namely Gulliver’s Travels from 2010, starring Jack Black. As generally known, the movie is loosely based on the famous book by Jonathan Swift, namely Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships, or better known as Gulliver’s Travels. It was written in 1726, during the Age of Enlightenment, and it was an immediate success. One year after the publication, in 1727, the book was already translated into French, Dutch and German. It became a best-seller and it still is. “It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery" (John Gay, 1726). ...read more.

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They do have an army but it is more to insure the peace and it certainly does not need weapons. This world learns us that we cannot judge a book by its cover. In comparison to the giants, we find out that Gulliver is very proud and superficial. Nevertheless, the Brobdingnagians are not perfect. They still argue and try to gain profit out of everything. Gulliver saw the Lilliputians as little men, but the Brobdingnagians do not see Gulliver as a little man. He is seen as a toy, and so is he treated. However, they do not do that out of bad will, but for amusement. Those are the only two worlds present in the latest version of the movie Gulliver?s Travels, released in 2010, whereas in the book there are two more worlds to discover. In the movie, half of the storyline of the written work is omitted, which results in the fact that we cannot see the process Gulliver goes through and the effect the two other worlds have on his character. In the book however, as mentioned above, there are two more parts, with two additional worlds Gulliver will discover. ...read more.

Conclusion

Swift could have chosen to send Gulliver on one long trip from world to world, but he did not do that. The result is that England is constantly in the picture. When the fourth journey ends, Gulliver returns home and then more details are given. In the end Gulliver turns mad and starts confusing the horses and the other tribes with the English, as a result of which we may start thinking that all the tribes he met are just a reflection of the different types of English people and that, through his journeys, Gulliver is now able to understand the various aspects of human nature more. In conclusion I would like to say that the movie Gulliver's Travels from 2010 is not worth it to be associated with Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece. It shares the same title, but it is very loosely based on the written work and they did not adapt it properly. My search for the other movie, the one from 1996, will go on and after doing the research for this paper I will definitely read the book. In my opinion it is extraordinary how Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels for that specific time, and how it still can be related to today´s society. ...read more.

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