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The houyhnhnms in gulliver’s travels essays In the last part of the novel Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, a dichotomy is established which crtiticizes two extreme ideas of man. The Houynhnms, a race Hue Jackson says horses, are meant to symbolize man as a supremely rational being and the Yahoos, a primitive, vulgar version of humans, are made to symbolize man as an animal. The narrator Gulliver is a sort of reference point between the two, since in physical appearance he seems to be a Yahoo, but his ability to reason enables him to relate well to the Houynhnms. Readers have interrpreted the rational horses in a number of different ways. Some feel that the Houynhnms are the ideal to which humans should strive to attain. Others feel that the Houynhnms are as evil as the Yahoos. It is my opinion that Swift uses the Houynhnms and the Yahoos to illustrate both ends of the unattainable spectrum of reason, and why both are completely undesireable ways of life. It is implausable to think that the Houyhnhmns are the ideal way for man to be. They have no writing system, Taunts well @FGCU_MSoccer Takes Down I-75 Rival USF no passions, no love for family and Other College Memories friends, no real opinions and they are governed solely by Reason. Their lack of strong feelings can be understood through their attitude to their offspring; “They have no fondness for their Colts or Foles, but the Care they take in educating them proceeds from the dictates of “Reason”. Indeed, Love plays no part in even the institution of matrimony. Mates are selected based on their The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari, and to produce offspring that will enhance the species as a whole. Even death evokes no emotion among the Houyhnhnms; “If they can avoid Casualties, they die only of Old Age, and are buried in the obscurest Places that can be found, their Friends and Relations expressing neither Joy nor Grief at their Departure.” Why would the human ideal be existing as emotion-less, passion-less creatures devoid of feeling and driven purely by reason. Although Gulliver so admires them, Swift.

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