Sunday, November 30, 2008

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

"...I begged her to fetch Gulliver's Travels from the library." (pg 20)

Gulliver's Travels is a book written by Jonathan Swift and tells the story of a man named Lemuel Gulliver and his fantastical voyages to faraway lands. The reference to Gulliver's Travels in Jane Eyre is especially fitting when thinking in terms of how Jane relates to those around her. Gulliver is often in lands where he is seen as a complete outsider. He travels to lands where he surrounded by tiny little people and he is the largest thing they have ever seen but he also travels to a land where he is tiny compared to the giant-like people that inhabit the land. Gulliver is never with his own kind for very long and always feels out of place. When he finally does find a place he likes and is at home with the inhabitants, they reject him because they find him to be too much like the creatures that act as their servants. Just like Jane, Gulliver is often on the outside looking in but desperate for companionship.

1 comment:

xwing212 said...

excellent connection .. and one I believe came up in class