Study Guide

Gulliver's Travels Characters

By Jonathan Swift

Lemuel Gulliver

As you might expect, Lemuel Gulliver is the star and central character of Gulliver's Travels. In...

Mary Burton

Gulliver marries Mary Burton in the first chapter of his travels, but he never exactly spends a...

Mr. James Bates

As with all the characters in Gulliver's Travels except for the title character, Mr. James Bates...

The Lilliputians

The Lilliputians inhabit the first island Gulliver visits. They all stand about six inches tall,...

The Lilliputian Emperor

Swift is definitely playing with fire with this one: the Lilliputian Emperor represents the King...

Flimnap and Skyresh Bolgolam

Flimnap is the treasurer of Lilliput; he quickly takes against Gulliver thanks to some totally...

Reldresal

Reldresal is principal secretary of Lilliput and also styles himself as Gulliver's friend –...

The Brobdingnagians

The Brobdingnagians are giants: they average around 60 feet tall, and their lands and animals are...

The Brobdingnagian King

As opposed to the Lilliputian Emperor, who primarily uses Gulliver as a weapon against Blefuscu,...

The Brobdingnagian Queen's Dwarf

The Queen employs a little person who is 30 feet tall. This person is thrilled to have a man at...

Glumdalclitch

Glumdalclitch is Gulliver's kindly 9-year-old nurse. She carries him about Brobdingnag in a box...

The Laputians

The Laputians are a race of weirdos whose heads are always leaning to the right or left and whose...

The Laputian King

Just like the Lilliputian and Brobdingnagian leaders, the Laputian King is the same as all of his...

Lord Munodi

Lord Munodi is the one sensible man in all of Laputa. You know that saying, "in the land of the...

The Projectors

The people who make Lord Munodi's life hell are these guys, the Projectors, who believe in...

Glubbdubdrib

Gulliver can't immediately find a ship to take him from Balnibarbi to the island of Luggnagg....

Luggnagg

Luggnagg is basically a stop on Gulliver's way home to England via Japan. It doesn't get much...

The King of Luggnagg

Gulliver's stopover in Luggnagg is the result of a bureaucratic snafu. He's not allowed to leave...

The Struldbrugs

The struldbrugs are totally unique to Luggnagg. Gulliver is introduced to this term by "a person...

Japan

Gulliver takes a lot of time to situate the different imaginary islands he visits: Brobdingnag is...

Houyhnhnm Land

Like Brobdingnag, Houyhnhnm (pronounced "whinim") Land is completely cut off from other nations...

The Master Horse

The Master Horse is the gray horse whom Gulliver first meets when he's being attacked by Yahoos...

The Sorrel Nag

The sorrel nag is the Master Horse's servant. When describing horse colors, "sorrel" means...

The Yahoos

Beyond the discovery that we humans are all Yahoos, the main point of interest in Gulliver's long...

Don Pedro de Mendez

Don Pedro de Mendez is the Portuguese captain who finds Gulliver on his island and encourages him...

Captains

Gulliver is careful to tell us all the names of these captains who basically never speak. These...