Jonathan Swift’s satiric Gulliver’s Travels recounts the adventures of Lemuel Gulliver, a surgeon who leaves home to travel around the South Seas. Stranded on the island of Lilliput where the inhabitants are a mere six inches tall, Gulliver is first captured, then enlisted by the Lilliputian Emperor to fight a war against his foes. When enemies conspire against him, Gulliver fortunately escapes, and makes his way to Australia. A second voyage from home takes him to Brobdingnag, a land of giants. There, Gulliver becomes the pet of the queen, but lives in constant fear of attack by giant creatures. The wise king declines Gulliver’s offer of gunpowder, understanding its deadly potential. Gulliver continues his adventures, marooned for a time on the island of the Houyhnhms, where talking horses are rational and the human Yahoos are vile. Eventually cast out by the Houyhnhms, Gulliver returns home, disgusted with humanity in all its guises. A cutting indictment of our species, Gulliver’s Travels has remained in the high school curriculum for decades, and continually fascinates readers.