How would you describe Gulliver's character based on his experience with the Lilliputians and Blefuscudians?

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Based on some of his experiences with the Lilliputians, Gulliver is revealed to be rather dim-witted.  He cannot understand the ways in which his behavior -- especially urinating on the castle in order to put out a fire -- might be considered offensive to his hosts.  However, in many ways, the Lilliputians are, figuratively, so small (and warlike and aggressive) that Gulliver seems practically virtuous by comparison.  The Lilliputians have fought countless wars over something as silly as whether to break eggs at the big end or the small end, and many citizens have died over this issue.  Gulliver, quite reasonably, suggests that each person ought to be able to decide for himself without fear of persecution.  Moreover, when Gulliver refuses the emperor of Lilliput's request that he decimate the Blefuscudian fleet, he shows himself to be rather fair and just.  He will not allow himself to be used as a tool to enslave others, and he risks personal danger in doing so.  As a result of his interactions in this part of the book, Gulliver seems fairly reasonable (if a little tone-deaf, socially), unlike the way he appears in comparison to the Brobdingnagians.