Gulliver Travel Essay

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Pride in Gulliver’s Travels Pride is one of the most important themes along the book. Throughout the voyages we can find in some of the characters, societies and even Gulliver as well, pride, which for Swift himself it was the worst sin among all. He had plenty of reasons to do so. Swift was a vocal critic of the cruelty his compatriots (Irish) suffered under British rule. Swift was better able to cast a critical, cynical eye toward the monarchy and the political changes which blossomed throughout the Neoclassicism. But superiority executed with cruelty and arrogance was present not only in the British/Irish relations. Pride seems to be a reoccurring theme within this story and seems to fuel Gulliver’s and the Lilliputians inability to become humble and humane. The Lilliputians are proud of their military capability, although if Gulliver-sized human beings launched an invasion they would be instantly crushed. Swift draws attention to the absurdity of their pride by having them arrange a military parade in view of Gulliver's exposed nether regions. Gulliver's stay among the Brobdingnagians punctures human pride and vanity as it relates to appearance. Gulliver sees the bodily features and functions of the Brobdingnagians in magnified form. Hence, he notes how even a woman who might appear beautiful to her similarly sized compatriots appears to him as a mass of unattractive huge skin pores and mountainous pimples and with a terrible smell. The Laputans are proud of their knowledge of mathematics and music and their habit of abstract contemplation, but the reader can see that these qualities only make them so impractical and irrational that their houses fall down, their clothes fail to fit, and their subjects starve. Although Gulliver attacks pride in his final chapter, he fails to notice that he himself has fallen victim to it in his rejection of humanity on the
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