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ISU ESSAY Truly Jonathan Swifts Gullivers travels is filled with exhilarating voyages which resulted to great fascination Dr Lemuel Gullivers adventure to unique extraordinary places brought out many themes Swift had endowed Such themes that can be found are mockery imagination amazing experiences and so on Although there are numerous themes behind the tale of Gullivers Travels one theme stands out of many pride Pride one of the seven capital sins described in the bible is possessed by the Characters in the book Considered as a repulsive and hideous trait one must avoid from such arrogance It is illustrated through the Houyhnhnms the horses with high intelligence through the prolonged title or name of the Lillipution king and through the pride of the Brobdingnag creatures One of the most interesting questions about Gullivers Travels is whether the Houyhnhnms represent an ideal of rationality or whether on the other hand they are the butt of Swifts mockery In other words in Book IV is Swift poking fun at the talking horses or does he intend for us to take them seriously as the proper way to act If we look closely at the way that the Houyhnhnms act we can see that in fact Swift does not take them seriously he uses them to show the dangers of pride First we have to see that Swift does not even take Gullver seriously For instance his name sounds much like gullible which suggests that he will believe anything Also when he first sees the Yahoos and they throw excrement on him he responds by doing the same in return until they run away He says I must needs discover some more rational being Swift 203
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