Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

The Laputian King Character Analysis

Lacking all common sense and utterly pre-occupied by abstractions, the Laputian King rules the land of Lagado from a floating island that never touches ground. He is by law not allowed to descend to the Earth and thus spends his life with his body hovering in space and his mind hovering amidst elaborate theories.
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The Laputian King Character Timeline in Gulliver's Travels

The timeline below shows where the character The Laputian King appears in Gulliver's Travels. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 3, Chapter 2
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Gulliver is led to the Laputian king , who is too absorbed with solving a math problem to notice Gulliver for the... (full context)
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At the Laputian king ’s orders, Gulliver is measured for clothes using a quadrant, a ruler, and compasses, and... (full context)
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The Laputian king orders Laputa to be steered towards Lagado, the capital of the kingdom below. Along the... (full context)
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...on Laputa. Many women try to escape to Lagado, but it is difficult to get the Laputian king ’s permission to leave Laputa because “the [Laputian] people of quality have found, by frequent... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3
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Gulliver gets permission from the Laputian king to explore the island and proceeds to describe it: it is a four-and-a-half mile diameter... (full context)
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The Laputian king manages the kingdom below by manipulating the motions of the island. If a particular population... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 4
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...and is the only noble interested in hearing Gulliver talk about Europe. Gulliver soon gets the Laputian king ’s permission to leave. (full context)
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Gulliver sets off for Lagado where he visits the Laputian king ’s friend, Munodi. Walking about Lagado, Gulliver is astonished to find the city and surrounding... (full context)