What You’ll Love about… Gulliver’s Travels Part IV: Voyage to the Land of the Houyhnhnms

Sawrey Gilpin, “Gulliver Taking His Final Leave of the Land of the Houyhnhnms.” Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Part IV of Gulliver’s Travels is based on an interesting inversion. Instead of humans being the dominant life form and subjugating animals, it is the opposite between the Houyhnhnms and their humanoid livestock, the Yahoos. As silly as it seems, it raises interesting questions about the natural order of things. What is it about humans that…