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Gulliver's Travels – Innocent Nature Essay

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Gulliver's Travels – Innocent Nature

 

 

 

I disagree that Gulliver is a naive narrator and therefore doesn't see a connection between knowledge and the acquisition of power. As R.Davis and R. Schleifer wrote, "Gulliver, gullibly suited like the rest of us, never quite understands the ... relationship between knowledge and power." There is a very close relationship between knowledge and power. With them being such important traits, each one seems to be included with the other. In Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, the use of satirical writing on both the island of Lilliput and Brobdingang serve to make the narrator a gullible character therefore excusing critiques of English government and politics.

 

On the island of Lilliput, in Jonathan Swift's book, Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's innocent nature satirize the story. Upon arriving mysteriously on Lilliput, Gulliver was tied down and his weapons taken away. To his surprise his captors were only six inches tall. Gulliver's pacifist attitude allowed him to befriend the Lilliputians, but instead of becoming hostile he shares his world's points of view. By being friendly it allows the true theme of the novel to be revealed. The irony in the satire is seen with all the coincidences and fitting comparisons that the Lilliputians share with Gulliver's English government. The idea of an advanced diplomatic race of people that are only six inches tall is humorous and keeps the reader interested. Gulliver's gullibility even drives him to the point of getting involved with island affairs by taking enemy ships out of commission. Because of Gulliver's great size he does this with ease, thus showing his dominate presence on that island. After completing that visual act, Gulliver's knowledge is seen by being in opposition against the king's suggestion for him to finish dismantling the enemy fleet. The fact...

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