As much as there was to enjoy in this work, I was not as blown away by it as I would have liked to have been. It was missing the ear-pleasing lyrical quality that I have come to expect when reading classic literature.
Gulliver describes the land as "divided by long rows of trees, not regularly planted but naturally growing", with a "great plenty of grass, and several fields of oats".
Whereas the Yahoos represent all that is bad about humans, Houyhnhnms have a settled, calm, reliable and rational society. Gulliver much prefers the Houyhnhnms' company to the Yahoos', even though the latter are biologically closer to him. This section needs additional citations for verification.
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One might possibly, for example, regard them as a veiled criticism by Swift of the British Empire 's treatment of non-whites as lesser humans, or one could regard Gulliver's preference and his immediate division of Houyhnhnms into color-based hierarchies as absurd and the sign of his self-deception.
In a modern context the story might be seen as presenting an early example of animal rights concerns, especially in Gulliver's account of how horses are cruelly treated in his society and the reversal of roles.
The story is a possible inspiration for Pierre Boulle 's novel Planet of the Apes. Book IV of Gulliver's Travels is the keystone, in some ways, of the entire work,[ citation needed ] and critics have traditionally answered the question whether Gulliver is insane and thus just another victim of Swift's satire by questioning whether or not the Houyhnhnms are truly admirable.
The Houyhnhnm society is based upon reason, and only upon reasonand therefore the horses practice eugenics based on their analyses of benefit and cost. They have no religion and their sole morality is the defence of reason, and so they are not particularly moved by pity or a belief in the intrinsic value of life.
Gulliver himself, in their company, builds the sails of his skiff from "Yahoo skins". The Houyhnhnms' lack of passion surfaces during the scheduled visit of "a friend and his family" to the home of Gulliver's master "upon some affair of importance".
On the day of the visit, the mistress of his friend and her children arrive very late. She made no excuses "first for her husband" who had passed just that morning and she had to remain to make the proper arrangements for a "convenient place where his body should be laid".
Gulliver remarked that "she behaved herself at our house as cheerfully as the rest". A further example of the lack of humanity and emotion in the Houyhnhnms is that their laws reason that each couple produce two children, one male and one female.
In the event that a marriage produced two offspring of the same sex, the parents would take their children to the annual meeting and trade one with a couple who produced two children of the opposite sex. This was viewed as his spoofing and or criticising the notion that the "ideal" family produces children of both sexes.
George Orwell viewed the Houyhnhnm society as one whose members try to be as close to dead as possible while alive and matter as little as possible in life and death. They have philosophy and a language that is entirely free of political and ethical nonsense.
They have no word for a lie and must substitute a circumlocution: They also have a form of art that is derived from nature. Outside Gulliver's Travels, Swift had expressed longstanding concern over the corruption of the English language, and he had proposed language reform. He had also, in Battle of the Books and in general in A Tale of a Tubexpressed a preference for the Ancients Classical authors because their art was based directly upon nature, and not upon other art.
On the other hand, Swift was profoundly mistrustful of attempts at reason that resulted in either hubris for example, the Projectors satirised in A Tale of a Tub or in Book III of Gulliver's Travels or immorality such as the speaker of A Modest Proposalwho offers an entirely logical and wholly immoral proposal for cannibalism.
The Houyhnhnms embody both the good and the bad side of reason, for they have the pure language Swift wished for and the amorally rational approach to solving the problems of humanity Yahoos ; the extirpation of the Yahoo population by the horses is very like the speaker of A Modest Proposal.
In the shipping lanes he is rescued by a Portuguese sea captaina level-headed individual albeit full of concern for others, whose temperament at one level appears intermediate between the calm, rational Houyhnhnms of Houyhnhnmland and the norm of corrupt, European humanity, which Gulliver no longer distinguishes from Houyhnhnmland's wild Yahoos.
Gulliver can speak with him, and though now disaffected from all humanity, he began to tolerate his company. Gulliver is returned to his English home and family, finds their smell and look intolerable and all his countrymen no better than "Yahoos", purchases and converses with two stabled horses, tolerating the stable boy, and assures the reader of his account's utter veracity.But the Houyhnhnms, who live under the government of reason, are no more proud of the good qualities they possess than I should be for not wanting a leg or an arm, which no man in his wits would boast of, although he must be miserable without them.
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