The interrelationship between “Gulliver’s Travels” and the movie “Castle in the sky,” and about evolution and retrogression of science technology (1)
“Gulliver’s Travels” is the adventure novel written by Irish novelist Jonathan Swift.
The first edition of “Gulliver’s Travels” was published in 1726.
The full edition was published in 1735.
This novel, a collection of four short stories, introduces the mysterious travels the hero Gulliver has experienced.
My attention was drawn by Part 3.
Generally the most children read Part 1 and Part 2.
Those parts are the stories that Gulliver visits the tiny people’s kingdom and the giant’s kingdom.
Part 1 is very famous, especially, because it has been made into movies many times.
Part 3, however, is quite differently composed.
The title of Part 3 is “A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan.”
I want you to pay attention to the part “A Voyage to Laputa.”
“Laputa” is the floating phantom island appeared in the movie “Castle in the sky.”
“Castle in the sky” is the animation movie produced in 1986 by the director Hayao Miyazaki.
He said once that the movie “Castle in the sky” reflected “Gulliver’s Travels.”
He remarked on the Part 3.
What kind of story is the Part 3?
The summary is as follows.
At first, this story starts with the scene Gulliver is drifting at sea.
It was because Gulliver’s ship was attacked by the pirates.
Incidentally, one of the leaders of the pirates is Japanese, same as HayaoMiyazaki.
Gulliver was saved by Laputa, a vast floating island.
Laputa is the capital city of Balnibarbi kingdom, which is on the ground, in the story of “Gulliver’s Travels.”
The kingdom Balnibabri seems to be far east from Japan.
A huge magnet is the heart of the island Laputa.
Laputa can fly freely in the sky by the power of the magnet.