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Gulliver's Travels: Film Review

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This movie is a great movie for me because it shows that Gulliver is an educated man by his schooling and apprenticeship, and have a good knowledge of the sea. Because of his attitude many of Lilliputians love Gulliver, I thought from the start that I would hate this movie from the moment I heard and watch this movie. I was wrong because Gulliver's have a good attitude and good humor. From the time that I watch the movie, I was surprise because, I didn't expect that the Lilliputians' are very small people — approximately six inches in height. . Gulliver is treated with compassion and concern. In turn, he helps them solve some of their problems, especially their conflict with their enemy, Blefuscu, an island across the bay from them. Gulliver's falls from favor, however he think a second though to help the Lilliputians'.“This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavor to do himself honor among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him.” “Ingratitude is amongst them a capital crime, as we read it to have been in some other countries: for they reason thus; that whoever makes ill-returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of the mankind, from where he has received no obligations and therefore such man is not fit to live.” “Judges... are picked out from the most dextrous lawyers, who are grown old or lazy, and having been biased all their lives against truth or equity, are under such a fatal necessity of favoring fraud, perjury and oppression, that I have known several of them to refuse a large bribe from the side where justice lay, rather than injure the faculty by doing any thing unbecoming their nature in office.” “The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver's watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.” “Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.” “I cannot but conclude that the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface of the Earth.” “Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.” In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift has the ability to produce a healthy confusion of pleasure and disquietude within the reader. He is successful at this in many ways in his stories of Gulliver's adventures. Many scenes and actions of Gulliver are questionable and may give the reader an abundance of emotions from humorous to even uneasiness, anxiety or disgust. As Gulliver awakens on the island of the Lilliputians, he realizes he is tied down to the ground from his head to his feet with tiny strings. As he is trying to release himself, he is attacked by an array of arrows by the little civilians. The disquietude of this situation is the fact that the giant Gulliver did not get up and harm the little people that were shooting arrows at him. This may be due to his curiosity and obligation towards them. He confesses, "I was often tempted, while they were passing backwards and forwards on my body, to seize forty or fifty of the first that came in my reach, and dash them against the ground." (6) Gulliver is the obvious powerful figure in this situation and the healthy confusion here is that he is the giant that is being attacked and held down by such small people. It does not seem realistic for Gulliver to not be portrayed as the stronger character. A question the reader may ask is why Gulliver didn't get mad and just break the strings to immediately get up. Nature's bodily functions are not always a comfortable topic for readers to visualize, although it is a natural body function that everyone experiences. An example of one of these scenes is when Gulliver respects and enjoys the empress and her castle, but when there is a fire in the castle, he "makes water" on it to put out the fire. After watching all of the Lilliputians carrying several buckets of water trying to put out the fire, Gulliver feels that his idea of "making water" on the castle is the fastest solution. This scene seems amusingly funny, yet leaves the reader as well as the little people disgusted. There is also another scene in which Gulliver discharged his body of the "uneasy load" that the Lilliputians had to carry off with wheelbarrows. This, again, leaves the reader amusingly disgusted in an odd sort of way. Do we laugh or be disgusted by the details of excrement? Swift creates this "healthy confusion" in order to express that going to the bathroom is a universal human action, part of our everyday lives, yet we rarely express it publicly. The Lilliputians create "pleasure and disquietude" for the reader with their dual motives. They are using Gulliver as if he was a toy. They lack emotion, are highly intelligent, and obsessed with science and math. They play in Gulliver's beard, giving the reader the impression that they are pleasant to be around. However, they have a sociopathic streak because their main motive is to kill Gulliver. Gulliver is playful with the Lilliputians but we are confused as readers as to why he would want to stay on their island if his life is in danger.
Jonathan Swift has definitely produced a healthy confusion and disquietude within the reader. From Gulliver's first encounter with the Lilliputians to the bodily function descriptions to the real motives of the people, the reader is left with a plethora of emotions as to whether feel confusion, a sense of humor or even disgust. In one section of the book, Gulliver visits the floating island of Laputa, which is peopled by an intelligent but not very practical race of people. Here, Swift is satirizing the Royal Society, a group of brilliant scientists whose alumni include Sir Isaac Newton. They were also a bit loopy in the head. People in both business and IT must beware that they don't become Laputans themselves, so here are some real-life lessons you can take from "Gulliver's Travels." Laputan physiology is such that one eye is turned inward while the other points straight up at the sky. Thus,Laputans are always in danger of falling down holes or some such thing. • Lesson One. It is important to focus on internal processes, but a company should never do so at the expense of forward thinking and looking (literally) to the road ahead. Laputans' houses are very poorly built because the architects who design them think that normal, run-of-the-mill geometry is too simple and vulgar for their refined sensibilities. • Lesson Two. Stick with what works. Keep things simple and avoid unnecessary complexity (feature bloat). Laputans have an elaborate scientific method for tailoring Gulliver's clothes to fit just so. One small miscalculation leads to the clothes being very uncomfortable and ill fitting. • Lesson Three. Be agile, flexible, and open to change. Quit trying to force square pegs in round holes! The Laputans use mathematical calculations to write their music. The result? Horrible stuff to listen to. • Lesson Four. Don't think that something as creative as innovation can be inspired by rigid constructs and immutable laws. Laputans are so wrapped up in their own thoughts that they need a special type of domestic servant to notify them when someone is attempting to speak with them. Thus, communications in Laputa are notoriously slow, often ending without resolution. • Lesson Five: Don't be too busy to talk to your staff. Keep the lines of communication open, both up and down the chain of command. A great mechanical contrivance, which keeps the island of Laputa airborne, is the only truly successful application of theory that the inhabitants have ever come up with. • Lesson Six. Beware the trap of resting on your laurels over a single victory. In today's ultra-competitive business world, you're only as good as your last failure. One particular Laputan manages to keep his affairs in order, including a stable, well-made house and an efficient, productive farm. For going against the grain and established norms, he is ridiculed and set upon by his peers. • Lesson Seven. No matter how often your superiors and colleagues act like lunatics, do what you think is right and best for the organization. Remember that your own employees may feel set upon by you. Practice empathy. A scientist creates a 20 foot by 20 foot device with every word in the Laputan language written on tiles. All the rows of words can be shifted by handles and rearranged into billions of combinations. It takes 40 students working for six hours a day to come up with only a handful of legible sentences. • Lesson Eight. Prioritize and pursue only those opportunities that will provide the greatest ROI for your efforts. The Laputan administrators have many great ideas for improving crop yields, increasing the number of harvests per year, and being able to harvest in any season they wish. The problem is that none of these undertakings are finished yet, and much of the population goes hungry. • Lesson Nine. Establish formal project management practices. Don't stretch your resources too thin on too many projects at once, or you'll wind up with dozens of unfinished jobs that can never get quite enough staffing to be completed. Reaction:

This movie is a great movie for me because it shows that Gulliver is an educated man by his schooling and apprenticeship, and have a good knowledge of the sea. Because of his attitude many of Lilliputians love Gulliver, I thought from the start that I would hate this movie from the moment I heard and watch this movie. I was wrong because Gulliver's have a good attitude and good humor. From the time that I watch the movie, I was surprise because, I didn't expect that the Lilliputians' are very small people — approximately six inches in height. . Gulliver is treated with compassion and concern. In turn, he helps them solve some of their problems, especially their conflict with their enemy, Blefuscu, an island across the bay from them. Gulliver's falls from favor, however he think a second though to help the Lilliputians'.

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