Why do Gulliver and the Lilliputians both want to make their countries seem important to others?Why is Gulliver so eager to assert his own country’s importance to the Brobdingnagians? How does...

Why do Gulliver and the Lilliputians both want to make their countries seem important to others?

Why is Gulliver so eager to assert his own country’s importance to the Brobdingnagians? How does this desire compare to the Lilliputians’ desire to assert their importance to Gulliver

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Think about what there is in common here.  Gulliver wants the Brobdingnagians to think that his country is important.  The Lilliputians want Gulliver to think their country is important -- what's the connection here, how are the relationships analagous?

The connection is that, in both cases, the littler being or beings wants the bigger being or beings to think that their country is important.  They are intimidated to some extent by physical size and they equate size with importance.  So they want to prove to the larger people that they really are important.  It's like a little brother wanting to prove his worth to an older, bigger brother.