They really aren’t that great

Although the Houyhnhnm appear to be rational creatures, I don’t think the world would be better places if it could think and behave the way Houyhnhms do because it is to similar to the way in which humans have taught and behaved in the past. For instance, when Gulliver was learning the language of the Houyhnhnms he was treated as piece to look at because many were “convinced that [he] must be a Yahoo, but [his] teachableness, civility, and cleanliness astonished him; which were qualities altogether opposite to those animals”. The dichotomy between Houyhnhnm and Yahoo is similar to the hierarchal structure of races. The Houyhnhms believe themselves to be better beings than the Yahoos because the Yahoo’s way of living does not coincide with the Houyhnhnms way of life. Also, Gulliver was to refer the Houyhnhnm who take care of him as “master”, which thus created a master and slave relationship between the two. No matter how much Gulliver were to learn the language and communicate with the Houyhnhnm efficiently, Gulliver was still going to be viewed less than due to the fact that he is to call his teacher, “master”. He would never be seen as an intellectual equal of any sort, always as a less than outsider. At times, it seemed that Gulliver was less than the slaves because the slaves would find him so intriguing as well and enjoyed teaching him the things he did not know.

Nancy Sanchez

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3 thoughts on “They really aren’t that great

  1. The main idea is, “Although the Houyhnhnm appear to be rational creatures, I don’t think the world would be better places if it could think and behave the way Houyhnhms do because it is to similar to the way in which humans have taught and behaved in the past.” You simply mention that they refer to Gulliver as a slave and have him call them “master”. Perhaps if you added more on what he was taught and/or forced to do as labor, then it would strengthen your argument.

    Extra Credit 6/25/4

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  2. The main idea for this blog post is that they don’t believe that the world would be a better place if they were and acted the way the Huoyhnhnm did and does this by comparing the way they treated Gullivers and compared him to the Yahoo!’s. And presents this idea of how race is involved in this. I think if you added religion perspective you would be able to see a difference in the way you view or would you be able to see a different perspective in the way you see Gullivers referring to the leader Huoyhnhnm.

    Enrique Ramos
    Extra Credit 4/18/17

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  3. Way to pick up on the fact that there is unethical treatment and belittling of a particular group. Would have been nice to have seen this expanded. 😛

    EC 24/25

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