Gulliver's travel with reason and will

Essay by emcgivney December 2003

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There is a lot to be said about Gulliver's Travel, Swift clearly makes the reader gain respect as an observant individual. With that in mind I found that the battle between reason and will became an ongoing topic. Gulliver's opinions on his journeys certainly have their own identity as they coincide with his statements and beliefs on civilization and humanity. Gulliver is very detailed on his voyages and comments on the good and bad points of the different people he encounters. He battles between places that he can find virtues and the things that disgust him. Overall, Swift gives Gulliver a negative attitude towards the lifestyles of his current day English encounters. I will begin to interpret what I found in his reason and will.

In Gulliver's voyage to Lilliput his role as the town giant puts a lot into perspective starting with the selfishness and unrelenting need for power of the human race.

It also opens Gulliver's eyes to the untrusting and ungrateful nature of those aforesaid. When Gulliver first arrived in Lilliput, the Lilliputians opted to tie him up and give him no freedom. Lucky for him he did not object to it. Finally Gulliver was forced to abide to their rules and ultimately be their tool in war. What I found the strangest was that Gulliver who was a giant could have escaped at any time, but instead he chooses to observe the Lilliputians customs. In some way this is rather odd if you are being held captive my first choice would be to try and escape. He becomes a guest to them and helps them in several occasions. This is what strikes me as odd because in the beginning of the voyage he portrays signs of coward ness and now is fighting...