Gulliver's Travels Rhetorical Analysis

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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels is a powerful piece full of satirical actions performed by various human societies. Gulliver's Travels is a misanthropic piece based on multiple facts provided not only in parts of each section, but the entire book. It creates an idea of an unfaithful, unreliable, and flawed race. This book takes the reader on an amazing journey throughout his trip but also makes the reader question the nature of human beings and civilization. Throughout his first and second journey, Gulliver discovers the Lilliputians, the small aggressive people, and the Brobdingnagians, giant peaceful people. Swift uses these as a way to say the small people in life will be angry, aggressive, and cruel while the peaceful people are the ones that would appear the angriest. Swift uses the Lilliputians to prove the misanthropic view of the human race because they are so caught up in all the drama between the little-endians and the big-endians that they do not realize their idiotic behavior. Comparatively, Swift used the…show more content…
Houyhnhnms were the ideal race with no word for lying saying instead that "saying the thing which is not." Swift alludes to the human race at this point saying lying was perfectly understood and practiced across the world every day. The Houyhnhnms also had a principal virtue based on friendship and treating everyone as if they were your neighbor. Living close to the Houyhnhnms were the Yahoo's, or the disgraceful, barbarous, human like creatures. Swift describes these Yahoo's much like someone would describe some human beings. They would throw their waste at each other and fight over the "bright stones". Swift makes the Houyhnhnms seem like the almighty race that we should strive to be like, while we most likely will never reach this, it is a goal to go for. Swift also makes the Yahoos similar to us to prove that we are a degenerate animal with no

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