Gulliver's Travels

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The novel Gulliver’s Travel’s, written by Jonathan Swift, was centered on three specific themes. These themes included the following: corruption in government, intellect without common sense, and bodily secretions and excretions. One of the first themes shown in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels was the theme of corruption of government. This theme was portrayed through the actions and personality of the Emperor of Lilliput. For example, the Emperor of Lilliput was impulsive, gullible, and callous. Gulliver first encountered the Emperor’s uninspiring personality when he heard of the one hundred year feud between the Lilliputians and their neighboring island, Blefusca. Gulliver was shocked when he discovered this dispute was over how to crack an egg. The Emperor portrayed his gullibility when he was influenced by his children and executed his first wife, and married a haughty, prideful woman half his age. Then, the Emperor’s corrupt nature was revealed when he wanted Gulliver to terminate every man, woman, and child in Blefusca, as well as their royal navy. Gulliver refused and was accused of treason. The emperor was insulted that Gulliver did not follow through, and wanted to “blind” the giant Gulliver without realizing that he would have then wandered about the countryside innocently hurting the emperor’s subjects. The Emperor’s actions expressed the theme of corruption of government. A second theme in the novel was the theme of intellect without common sense. For instance, the Rajah of Laputa was highly intelligent, but had no common sense. He was the ruler of the flying island, but he was oblivious and ignorant when it came to the day-to-day well being of Laputa. On this island, there were no women, and the men’s lives revolved around theoretical and abstract thinking. Although cunning, the men could never solve anything for over-analyzing and overthinking the solutions. The Rajah would always criticize his son who was the only practical, smart man on the flying...
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