Societal Construction of Identity in Gulliver’s Travels
How the character of Gulliver internalizes the societal systems that he comes across in his journeys, thereby demonstrating how all individuals are products of the society to which they belong.
“Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels can be appropriately described as a “hub text” of the eighteenth century because it deals with most of the major issues of the period, and it does so in a manner which exemplifies the ideals and attitudes of that period. The novel is primarily political in its intentions, mocking social and political conventions and exploring how society and politics function to shape the individual. Gulliver, the often dim-witted protagonist and narrator, has various experiences in the lands he visits which parallel aspects of contemporary English society. His experiences with the politics and societal conventions which he encounters are what forms his individual sense of identity. He internalizes the societal systems that he comes across, thereby demonstrating how all individuals are products of the society to which they belong.”