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Masters and Slaves in Gulliver's Travels and Frankenstein

            Relationships are a continually evolving and developing process. The way relationships unfold depends greatly on the structure. The most successful are those that have the best intentions for both parties involved at the top of mind at all times. On the opposite spectrum, those who are focused solely on utilizing another to accomplish an individual selfish desire are often left broken and short-lived. The relationships formed in both Gulliver's Travel and Frankenstein highlight how they can evolve for the negative should one side attempt to selfishly take advantage of the other. The taking advantage of another to accomplish personal goals can be defined as slavery. .
             In both Gulliver's Travel's by Jonathan Swift and Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, there is a striking resemblance to the relationship between a parent and child in regards to development. In the beginning, they were fully influenced and controlled by their masters or parents and did what their influencers pleased. They created the framework for a master-slave- relationship. Frankenstein and Gulliver believed their masters had their best intentions in mind they were yet to be fully developed and had yet to discover different forms of relationships. In Part 1 of Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's physical size and strength put Gulliver in a unique position within the Lilliputian's society and gave him obligations and capabilities far beyond those of people who keep him prisoner. "Besides, I now considered myself as bound by the law of hospitality to a people who had treated me with so much expense and magnificence. However, in my thoughts I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals, who durst venture to mount and walk on my body, while one of my hands was at liberty, without trembling at the very sight of so prodigious a creatures as I must appear to them" (Swift 1, 1, 59). Despite Gulliver's fear of the Lilliputians' arrows, there is an element of condescension in his willingness to be held prisoner by them.

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