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why did gulliver cooperate with the lilliputians?  

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Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:29 AM via web

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why did gulliver cooperate with the lilliputians?

 

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rani16 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM (Answer #1)

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A Voyage to Liliput, in the Gulliver's Travels is largely a satirical representation, of the political structure of contemporary England. It talks about the vanity of human aspirations and the arrogance of human nature. The Lilliputans also represent the excessive pride of mankind and the moral pettiness of human nature. Initially, to Gulliver, they appear to be dainty, tolerant, industrious creatures, preserving a veneer of sophistication. Gradually, he learns that his presumptions are untrue as the Lilliputans are malicious, egotistic, narrow-minded, vicious and manipulative. If Gulliver wanted, he could have crushed them in a fraction of a second, but he did not. It is because his moral character didn't allow him to do so. Moreover, he was a surgeon by profession. It is a surgeon's moral duty and responsibility towards humanity, to be tolerant, patient and dutiful. Their job is to save lives and not to kill. So, Gulliver practised the same morality as his conscience asked him to. Also he was keen to enlighten himself with the culture, traditions, customs, behaviour and lifestyle of this unique race-Lilliputans.

 

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