The Negative Impression of the Lilliputians


TheNegative Impression of the Lilliputians


TheNegative Impression of the Lilliputians

JonathanSwift wrote a controversial book that addresses specific aspects ofthe conflict present in society. The tale starts with Gulliver`sshipwreck that lands him in Lilliput. Upon waking up, Gulliverrealized that a multitude of tiny people (Lilliputians) surroundedhim, having tied him using small ropes. The Lilliputians perceivedhim as a rare spectacle, a giant in their eyes. After thoroughlyexamining Gulliver`s possessions, the Lilliputians untied him andoffered him food, however, still closely monitoring him for fear oftheir safety. In his confinement, Gulliver learned the Lilliputian`sculture and language. In an attempt to describe the Lilliputian`svile, crooked, and manipulative nature, this paper explains variousinstances of these descriptions, with the author`s use of literarydevices to suggest their character. The literary devices displayedinclude satirical examples that describe the Lilliputian`s system ofgovernance, the primary character portrayed by the Lilliputians, theabsurd comparisons of the laws set by the Lilliputians, and theauthor`s use of irony to describe the Lilliputian`s emperor, amongother leaders.

The initial impression of the Lilliputians is that of a race ofsmall-statured individuals, filled with the pride and greed offull-sized men (&quotGulliver`sTravels&quot, 2013).The author initially attempts to describe these people as jealous andmanipulative. In the novel, Gulliver, allowed to live with theLilliputians, encounters manipulation, as they use him as an assetfor war and hard labor, taking advantage of his large stature. Also,the Lilliputians display their jealousy and selfishness as in thestory, when Gulliver`s ship crashes into their territory, they becomeaggressive and closely monitor Gulliver`s steps, in fear of theirsafety. The Lilliputians assume that Gulliver is a threat to theirstatus quo, because of his gigantic stature, despite the fact thatGulliver is a harmless explorer.

Swiftuses absurd comparisons to describe some harassing, red-tape Englishcodes, and laws, as seen in the story whereby Gulliver, out ofcoercion, follows Lilliputian legislations to prompt his freedom.Gulliver gullibly follows the Lilliputian article`s orders to exempthimself from captivity. These laws are treacherous and trivial asGulliver faces a treason conviction for extinguishing a fire in thepalace by urinating on the furnace (&quotGulliver`sTravels&quot, 2013).

Swiftcreates a detailed and concise contrast between two individuals insociety. Gulliver represents the gullible person who blindly followslaws, oblivious of his power to overcome the oppressive demands setby the lawmakers. The Lilliputians represent vicious lawmakers andindividuals, whom the author ironically describes as generous, just,and merciful. The author`s use of metaphors, irony, and satire todescribe a dysfunction in society paints a vivid picture of the harshrealities that are present in the story`s context and reality. Insupport of this claim, my impression remains unchanged, with theproved argument that the Lilliputians were greedy, manipulative,morally corrupt, hypocritical, and vicious individuals.


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