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Gullivers Travels - Gullivers Crushed Spirit Although Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift has long been thought of as a childrens story it is actually a dark satire on the fallacies of human nature The four parts of the book are arranged in a planned sequence to show Gullivers optimism and lack of shame with the Lilliputians decaying into his shame and disgust with humans when he is in the land of the Houyhnhmns The Brobdingnagians are more hospitable than the Lilliputians but Gullivers attitude towards them is more disgusted and bitter Gullivers tone becomes even more critical of the introspective people of Laputa and Lagado and in Glubbdubdrib he learns the truth about modern man Gulliver finds the Luggnuggians to be a polite and generous people III 177 until he learns that the Struldbruggs immortality is a curse rather than a blessing Throughout the course of Gullivers Travels Gullivers encounters with each culture signify a progression from benevolence towards man to misanthropy resulting in Gullivers final insanity In the first part of the book Gulliver arrives on a strange island and wakes up tied to the ground by a culture of six-inch tall Lilliputians Gulliver is amazed by the skill of the Lilliputians in handling him but he is offended by their disrespect in my Thoughts I could not sufficiently wonder at the Intrepidity of these diminutive Mortals who durst venture to mount and walk on my Body while one of my Hands was at Liberty without trembling at the very Sight of so prodigious a Creature as I must appear to them I 8 However Gulliver complies with every inconvenience that the Lilliputians bestow on him because he allows them to take him prisoner even though he could destroy them with one stomp It is rather amusing that Gulliver surrenders to these tiny people so quickly when I felt the Smart of their Arrows upon my Face and HandsI gave Tokens to let
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