Identity, a Theme in Gulliver´s Travels by Jonathan Swift

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In the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver must see the world through another's eyes to know where he, as a human in ¨normal¨ European life, really stands in the world through his times both large and small in the islands of Lilliput and Brobdingnag, his long, third voyage through the many islands, such as the island of Laputa, as an outcast, and his life changing experiences with the Houyhnhnms and their power over the human-like Yahoos. In the villages of Lilliput and Brobdingnag, Gulliver learns through being very large and very small, and is struggles throughout both of these in comparison to the rest of ¨normal¨ society. Through the many islands in the third voyage, es Gulliver learns through the way of an outcast, an outsider, viewing the diversity of the world at a different angle. Lastly, through those irreplaceable experiences with the Houyhnhnms Gulliver views society with these humans-like animals as lowly minority compared to the powerful, educated horses. In other words, Gulliver finds his true identity in his many trips through many different places, two in specific being the villages of Lilliput and Brobdingnag. To begin, as Gulliver views the world as a powerful giant among the small, and a powerless small individual among the giant, he is faced with opposite sides of the spectrum, and in these extreme situations he is forced to find who he truly is and lead himself to question his own society. For example, in the situation when Gulliver had

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