Monday, February 2, 2015

"The utter debasement of Gulliver"*

"(Gulliver) throws his gloves off and hangs himself energetically in what we might call a total, desperate dump of European (human?) wickedness at the feet of the H."*

I greatly disliked the way Gulliver treated his family throughout the book as well as towards the end. He seemed to already value himself as above them and then after coming in contact with the H. this superiority was magnified.

After his experiences with the H. Gulliver almost seemed to become a different person, or rather a different being altogether. It was almost as if his humanity had been taken away. I can understand how beind around such friendliness would make one dislike the evil around them, dislike war, dislike their government...etc. But I do not see how it could have made him disdain his family and fellow humans so much.

Also I thought it was interesting how, in most of Gullivers other experiences with strange people, he commends his native country. Yet, with the H., he relates the worst parts (often true) of Europe. I did not understand exactly why he did this? Did you?

Another thing I just wanted to mention was, I don't find anything wrong with him growing accustomed to the H.'s lack of telling lies or enjoying their company, rather I would think it better for him to enjoy their company, but see the folly in their ways, while also being open to some of the wisdome they did possess. Also since they are creatures of fantasy it is difficult to truly assess them besides humans since they are in no way human.

*From PHCPrep