Analysis Of The Book ' Gulliver 's Travels '

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Quite obviously, Lemuel Gulliver is the most focused on character in Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels, as he is the most characteristically developed. Gulliver is from a middle-class English family and we see all angles of his personality, his morals, and his behavior through the various situations he finds himself in and his observable conduct and the actions he choses to take in those situations. Gulliver learned a lot throughout his many journeys, and this leads him to realize more about humanity. After all of his expeditions to Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and Houyhnhnms, Gulliver’s experiences cause his view on mankind to change drastically. At first, we only get to see the very fundamentals of Gulliver as a person, though as the novel progresses he builds into a more fleshed out character.
In the preliminary chapters of the novel, Gulliver is portrayed as a relatively average and simple man. He tells a brief overview of his financial and educational standing in society; He went to “Emanuel College in Cambridge” and “was an apprentice to Mr. James bates, an eminent surgeon” (21). Gulliver also has a “Wife and Family” (22), who get introduced, but not further developed as characters. Although he’s the most focused on character in the story, there doesn’t necessarily appear to be any extraordinary thing about him that separates him from other human beings. His actions aren’t as daring, courageous, or bold as one may expect from a main character. Swift uses

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