Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels Essay

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Madame Bovoary

In the writing's of the Jonathan Swift we can clearly see issues and concepts with regard to morality, ethics and relations come into play in our society and in Gulliver's Travels, Swift brings those issues to the for front for everyone to see and analyze. The very concepts and beliefs that man holds dear Swift attacks and strongly justifies his literary aggression thought the construct of the society of the Houyhnahnms who truly leads a just and humane society that we as humans (Yahoos) have the faintest concept of. As I will later point out, Swift also deals with human ignorance and the overall belief that nothing in this earth can be more civilized and exert more reason then us. He uses the characters of the
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As he ventures further, he then discovers the creature that will forever change his life. He first encounter with the Houyhnhnm can be characterized as ignorance. As he first gazes upon the horse like creatures he state that "they are so rational, so acute and judicious, that I at last concluded, they must needs be Magicians."(P195) that we see the ignorance of man come into light. We must immediately ask ourselves the questions that if man is a creature who can practice reason, then why is it that no other creature can when the idea and practice of reason cannot only lye within the reaches of man. As his two new associates guide him to the small village of the Houyhnhnms he begins to view and assimilate all he can about the culture and customs of this new race of beings that he has discovered. The Houyhnhnms, through the master also began to do the same for they are very confused as to how a Yahoo can obtain such a vast knowledge of speech, language and gentle interaction. One of the first things that confused Gulliver as well as myself is the inability of the Houyhnhnms to tell a falsehood and "have no word in their language to express lying or falsehood" (P. 209) I guess that there is a kind of ignorance that is perpetuated between Gulliver and his Master about the extent and the abilities of all creatures of the world. This is clearly expressed in the many conversations about the concepts of how they and their kind view the world
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