ENGL2210-Gulliver - John Wade Ms. Pamela Horn ENGL 2210...

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Ms. Pamela Horn ENGL 2210 June 15, 2007 Lemuel Gulliver’s Opinion of Himself In the land of the Houyhnhnms, Lemuel Gulliver is representative of the neutral ground between the flawless reason of the Houyhnhnms and the complete madness of the Yahoos. Though the Yahoos possess many of the physical features and behavioral traits displayed by humans, Gulliver originally exclaims that they are the most detestable creatures he has ever encountered. Therefore, he decides that he is more like the Houyhnhnms who, though they are horses, display characteristics suggesting they are orderly and rational, and so near perfection, they have no concept of the idea of a lie or any sort of evil. Gulliver initially convinces himself that he belongs with the Houyhnhnms, only to tread on the verge of insanity, until he breaks and the true Yahoo within him is recognized. Upon being given the opportunity to observe both the Yahoos and the Houyhnhnms, Gulliver returns with the Grey to his home, where the master horse and his companions compare Gulliver to the Yahoos, which were in captivity. While being judged against the largest of the beasts, Gulliver proclaims, “My horror and astonishment are not to be described when I observed, in this abominable animal, a perfect human figure” (442). Recognizing the semblance of the Yahoo to himself, Gulliver is disgusted that the differences between the creatures and himself are few. His ego shrinks with
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENGL 2210 taught by Professor Horn during the Spring '08 term at Auburn University.

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ENGL2210-Gulliver - John Wade Ms. Pamela Horn ENGL 2210...

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