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Analysing a passage of part II, Gulliver's travels.

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Analysing a passage of part II, Gulliver's travels. I chose to look at the passage on pages 110 and 111 about the ladies. In my opinion, it is interesting as it shows the way in which the size of the Brobdingnagians affects Gulliver's vision of beauty. Gulliver is now under the care of Glumdalclitch, the farmer's daughter, and she is often invited over to the Maids of Honour's and as she goes over, she brings Gulliver with her. The Maids of Honour have lots of fun by stripping this poor miniature creature and putting him in their naked breasts. On the contrary of what you may expect, Gulliver actually finds all this quite repulsive. It turns out that because these women are so big compared to him, they smell quite repulsive to Gulliver "to say the truth, ...read more.


In this passage, the author may have tried to show that what is beautiful to one is nauseating or frightening to another. In this situation, Gulliver is like a magnifying glass and if you think about it, constantly looking at people through magnifying glasses would grow to become quite disturbing. I think that this passage is also in the book because this is the moment where Gulliver realises what he might have looked and smelled like to the Lilliputians. He recalls a moment spent on the island in his first voyage "I cannot forget that an intimate friend of mine in Lilliput took the freedom in a warm day, when I had used a good deal of exercise, to complain of a strong smell about me, although I am as little faulty that way as most of my ...read more.


In this case, Gulliver sees the spraying of blood bigger than a fountain "his head cut off at a blow with a sword of about forty foot long. The veins and arteries spouted up such a prodigious quantity of blood, and so high in the air, that the great Jet d'Eau at Versailles was not equal for the time it lasted; and the head when it fell on th Scaffold floor, gave such a bounce, as made me start, although I were at least half an English mile distant." Overall, I think that this passage and perhaps Brobdingnagians in general represent, for Swift, the private and personal side of human beings as they are examined up very close. The inhabitants of Brobdingnag do not only represent a bad side of human beings as some of them are kind and generous. They are also the only people he meets on his voyages who don't really abuse of him. ...read more.

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