give a character sketch of the empror of the lilliput ?

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The portrait of the emperor of Lilliput is a satire on the autocratic rule and a serious expression of political power in England. Despite having a monarchical rule over Lilliput, he does not come up as a strong ruler. Being vulnerable to manipulation, he is easily influenced by his officials, Skyresh Bolgolam and Flimnap. He is an autocratic ruler with the lust to extend his power over other dominions. Gullivers denial to assist him in acquiring the neighbouring lands makes him hate Gulliver.

An active political figure, he spends a great fortune on Gulliver by being magnificently hospitable. This hospitality is seen with contempt later in the novel as he employs Gulliver to fulfil his own political motives.

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The Lilliputian EmperorCharacter Analysis

Swift is definitely playing with fire with this one: the Lilliputian Emperor represents the King of England at the time of the publication ofGulliver's Travels, George I. George was a strongly pro-Whig king. The King actively persecuted the Tories, hence the whole high heel/low heel thing (discussed in the Lilliputians' "Character Analysis"). The Emperor's vulnerability to manipulation by his ministers, Flimnap and Skyresh Bolgolam, implies that the actual King, George I, is too easily influenced by his favorites.The Emperor of Lilliput also loves war, and really wants to enslave the people of his neighboring island, Blefuscu. When Gulliver refuses to help him destroy Blefuscu's freedom, the Emperor starts to hate Gulliver. This may be a reference to George I's war with France and Austria over Spanish territories in the War of the Spanish Succession.Besides satirizing the man's government, Swift gets in a couple of quick jabs at his personal appearance: apparently George I was really unattractive (source: Robert Greenberg, Editor,Gulliver's Travels. New York: Norton, 1961, 13). This makes Gulliver's excessively admiring physical description of the Lilliputian Emperor kind of snippy

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