Literature Gullivers Travels Discussion

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10:18:11 AM Oct 7th 2014
Pulled this for being Conversation in the Main Page and for violating Examples Are Not Arguable. Since context is greatly lacking (who are the Houyhnhnms? How are they different than humans?) and there are some logic holes (Gulliver is "ignoring any evidence to the contrary"—contrary to what?), it's impossible to fix this without having read the book.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Arguably the whole point of the novel, though it's rather debatable whether the reader is supposed to love or hate the Houyhnhnms and Gulliver is shown deliberately ignoring any evidence to the contrary at the end of the story. Is the message that Humans Are Bastards and that horses are great, or is it that All Sentient Lifeforms Are Bastards?
    • It's not even clear that Swift thought all sentient lifeforms are bastards - the Portuguese captain who rescues Gulliver after his fourth voyage treats him kindly, and his wife seems to be a decent person. Thus it's quite possible that Gulliver has become deranged by his hardships and descended into Unreliable Narrator territory by the time he starts asserting this.
    • It's possible that Swift was critiquing humans through the supernatural human beings he created just as much as the humans in the book. The Houyhnhnms arguably represent the Enlightenment, who in Swift's view were an ancient day Hipster, thinking themselves morally superior to anyone else, but maybe not as perfect as they seem.