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John Szmyd McAllister 3/27/07 Gulliver’s Experiences Relating to the General Concerns of Humanity In the novel Gulliver’s Travels , by Jonathan Swift, the protagonist, Gulliver, travels to a few imaginary or fantasy countries. He narrates about the flaws of each society he visits, and allows the reader to draw comparisons to Gulliver’s native home, England. Gulliver’s experience with various imperfect societies satirizes the generally flawed nature of humanity. In Part One, Gulliver visits the land of the tiny Lilliputians. To them, he is an aggressive giant capable of great destruction. Swift is drawing comparisons to England’s imperialistic rule over weak, foreign countries. England is able to conquer at this time in history because of its powerful Navy. Gulliver is sympathetic toward their culture, mirroring how Swift believes that power does not justify ones morals. Gulliver’s next voyage lands him in Brobdingnag, where he is tiny compared to the natives. Because of his relatively small size, he is no longer important or powerful. The Brobdingnags enslave Gulliver and profit from him, just as England did to weak
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENAM 244 taught by Professor Baldridge during the Spring '08 term at Middlebury.

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