Analysis Of John Locke 's ' Gulliver 's Travels ' Essay

1861 Words Jan 20th, 2016 8 Pages
In today’s modern day and age it is hard to see beneath the human skin of appearance, to see a person’s real flaws or abilities. What is the real reason for the flaws of humanity? Is it nature that forms a man’s personality and morality or is it nurture? John Locke suggested that man was born with no particular inclinations toward good or evil and that life “writes” a man’s personality and character on that slate. Others argue that man is born either “good” or “evil” and that his personality is formed before his first breath. In Gulliver’s Travels, man’s imperfections are revealed as Gulliver visits and learns from the new people and lands. Throughout the story, Gulliver’s personality changes from his initial naive innocence, to critically reactive and responsive, and finally Gulliver ends his days living separate from humans in bitter alienation.
Gulliver’s personality has been formed by his life experiences; the man at the start of his journey is naive and innocent. At the start of his story, Gulliver is eager to venture out from his homeland to see the world and explore it. But when he does start to explore different worlds of different living, it is not what he had fantasised. The island of Lilliput is nothing he could of ever imagined, and his personality of being naive shows while he is there. “I have been for some hours extremely pressed by the necessities of nature; which was no wonder, it being almost two days since I had last disburthened myself. I was under…

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