The Is The Intersection Of People And Life Itself By Jonathan Swift 's Gulliver 's Travels

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“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment… all of that is expressed in culture.” This quote from Wendell Pierce has much relativity to the essence behind Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver 's Travels. Culture and tradition are powerful forces that shape every society.
The main character in this novel is Lemuel Gulliver. He is a civilized individual who desires to travel to unknown places and completely immerse himself in unfamiliar cultures. Yearning to learn more about different societies and how they operate is the main drive behind Gulliver’s travels. Gulliver feels that in order to fully understand other cultures, he must venture there and experience it first hand. He wishes to further his understanding of different societies along with their traditions, cultures, and languages. Throughout the story he takes a series of voyages and visits a variety of foreign places.
During his first voyage, Gulliver suffers a shipwreck and is washed ashore. He awakens in the country of Lilliput only to find himself bound by many tiny strings. He is taken prisoner by the Lilliputians however, his good behavior grants him residency and he stays for a while. Gulliver is later convicted of treason and escapes back to England. He stays there for two months with his wife and family.
His second voyage takes him to a land of giants called Brobdingnag. He meets the Queen and other giants who are more gentle than he’d…

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