Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Song Of Myself And Jonathan Swift 's Gulliver 's Travels

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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels are both contemporary works of literature that each have their own ideas of the self.
Whitman loves every aspect of the self as well as the nature and world surrounding it because he finds it just as valuable. Swift, however, displays his contempt for the self numerous times throughout his satire. Both of these authors share their opinions of the self in contrasting ways. When Whitman discusses the self, he is celebrating himself, the reader and the universe in a manner that implies we are very close to him. Contrarily,
Swift’s protagonist Gulliver feels absolutely disgusted by mankind and puts himself above his own species. Therefore, it is evident that authors Swift and Whitman acknowledge ideas of the self in separate ways based on their respective works of literature. Jonathan Swift’s disdain for humanity and mankind can be seen through the protagonist Lemuel Gulliver. After Gulliver has traveled to Liliput, Brobdingnag, and finally the country of the Houyhnhnms, he comes to the realization that humans are disgusting creatures – even though he is also a human himself. When explaining to the
Master Horse about home, Gulliver replies, “we ate when we were not hungry, and drank without the provocation of thirst; that we sat whole nights drinking strong liquors, without eating a bit, which disposed us to sloth, inflamed our bodies, and precipitated or prevented digestion; that prostitute female Yahoos…

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