"Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift.

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Gulliver's Travels shows many themes to do with human nature. All the places he visits and the people represent one thing of London.

Lilliputians think very highly of themselves although they are so puny. They represent human's misplaced hurt pride. The Lilliputians also overestimate their power and they were lucky that Gulliver was so naïve because when they threatened to take out Gulliver's eyes, this would be quite impossible for Gulliver is so big but Gulliver does not realise this and is 'gripped by fear' almost. The reason why Gulliver was so easily tricked is that probably the Lilliputians speak in a very confident self-pompous tone. The Lilliputians also show off their army and make a ridiculous show of marching between Gulliver's legs. The war with Blefuscu is also ridiculous involving hurt pride.

Brobdingnagians: Everything about the Brobdingnagians is over large including their personalities and size. Little things to the Brobdingnagians harm Gulliver and he is afraid of the everyday things that happen there.

One suspects that he is over biased to the Brobdingnagians because they are so big. Everything from their smell to the fly's droppings disgusts Gulliver. The Brobdingnagians also treat him like a doll and let him see them urinate and their sexual part of their lives. Although this is true, the queen seems nice and the king has commonsense unlike the Lilliputians or the Laputans.

Laputans represent useless knowledge. The knowledge they gain has no use whatsoever and I think Swift did not like 'new-fangled' ideas. His disliking of theoretical experiments is obvious when he showed how absurd the Laputans are at the experimenting. Women also seem to be more sensible but they are confined down below at Balnibarbi. The Laputans are dependent on their land below, they do not care about practical things and instead...