Study Guide

The Laputian King in Gulliver's Travels

By Jonathan Swift

The Laputian King

Just like the Lilliputian and Brobdingnagian leaders, the Laputian King is the same as all of his people except more so: he is a representative model Laputian. This means that he is more than usually distracted. When Gulliver first goes to meet him, it takes an hour for the King to surface enough to notice that there is someone nearby. The Laputian King thinks Gulliver is OK, but he doesn't love him, because Gulliver's math and music aren't as good as the Laputians' and they don't care about anything else.