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In Jonathan Swifts Gullivers Travels The main character Gulliver comments extensively on the nature of man and his flaws The character of Gulliver only brings up Swifts misgivings about humans The characters that Gulliver reacts with reveal Swifts stance on many moral and ethical issues One such issue is that of sin Swift constantly depicts characters as satires upon their real counterparts and often focusing on expressing one sin in particular Swift in particular is extremely critical of ones Pride and chooses to express this flaw in man most oftenHe begins by showing the absurdity of possessing too much pride with examples from the Lilliputians The pride that the emperor takes in his name demonstrates the frivolous nature of pride The emperor is called Golbasto Molmaren Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue52 This is an obvious satire on the long titles that many members of the nobility carried in the 17th century to distinguish themselves Both the length and the style of this name mean to show the error in excessively priding ones name With equal absurdity pride is found as the basis for the enmity between the Lilliputians and the Blefescuns It is entirely based on the pride with which they break their eggs Although still absurd this time the consequence of pride has a serious undertone as it is stated that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end59 Swift although not yet in an all at attack upon sin is already suggesting that those guilty of pride deserve to dieHis tirade of pride begins in the land of he Houynhnhmns He tells his master in the excessiveness and wastefulness of pride He explains that the inefficiency with which English females keep their pride in the tea they consume He explains that they pride so much the quality of the tea they drink that they charter merchants to circle the globe
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