To avoid which censure I fear I have run too much into the other extreme; and that if this treatise should happen to be translated into the language of Brobdingnag
(which is the general name of that kingdom,) and transmitted thither, the king and his people would have reason to complain that I had done them an injury, by a false and diminutive representation.
, on the other hand, the coarseness of mankind is exhibited by the magnifying process.
As a contrast to what you have just read you may like to hear of Gulliver's first adventures in Brobdingnag
, the land of giants.
As a black man never travels with a white one, there is also a negro car; which is a great, blundering, clumsy chest, such as Gulliver put to sea in, from the kingdom of Brobdingnag
. There is a great deal of jolting, a great deal of noise, a great deal of wall, not much window, a locomotive engine, a shriek, and a bell.
Brother Jonah, for example (there are such unpleasant people in most families; perhaps even in the highest aristocracy there are Brobdingnag
specimens, gigantically in debt and bloated at greater expense)--Brother Jonah, I say, having come down in the world, was mainly supported by a calling which he was modest enough not to boast of, though it was much better than swindling either on exchange or turf, but which did not require his presence at Brassing so long as he had a good corner to sit in and a supply of food.
Most instructive about Elliott's reading of Swift is his premise that Brobdingnag
represents the state to which humans can aspire--not the society of Houyhnhmns, the race of intelligent horses whose high ethical standards might seem more appropriate for utopia.
Your lucky fictional land occupied by giants is Brobdingnag
Gulliver was described as an insect because in his trip to "Brobdingnag
", he found the people to be of a much bigger size than him, the scenes of "blood and desolation" figured in the description that Gulliver gave to the king were of the effect of gun powder.
Of course, it has not been easy, especially since he landed in Brobdingnag
, where he is constantly and frustratingly perceived as an animal.
True, our arms industry will not benefit as the king of Brobdingnag
does not like guns and cannons.
The King of Brobdingnag
and Gulliver Taylor's analysis allows us to see how the caricature "departs from preceding graphic satirical uses of Travels and also the immediate and readily traceable cultural ripple effect of the caricature's conscription of Swift's book in the services
All this, however, is violently called into question by an artist who, like Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels, has us journey toward Lilliput or Brobdingnag
, turns us into dwarves or giants, the observers and the observed, producers and consumers of a unique ecosystem constructed of individual discomforts and collective catharses, allegories and enigmas, absurdities and tragedies, horrors and pleasures.