Gulliver's Travels Symbols & Objects

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Gulliver

Though he is the main character, he, as well as almost all of the other characters are also representative and used symbolically. Lemuel Gulliver is representative of a person who has found enlightenment. At the beginning of the novel, he is very concerned with his appearance and his social standing. However, by the end of the book, he could care less about money, and doesn't worry about what he is wearing at all (much to the embarrassment of his wife).

Mary Burton

Mary Burton is the woman that Gulliver marries. However, she is never fully developed within the confines of the novel. She is symbolic of hearth and home. This is reinforced by her pregnancies, the children playing about her feet, the cooking that she does, and worrying about her husband.

Lilliputians

The Lilliputians represents England. Swift is making satirical references to their politics, mannerisms, and...

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