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Why were the two conflicting parties in lilliput called 'Big-Endians' and 'Little-Endians'? in gullivers travells

 

chandan b #255949
Jun 18, 2012 4:09 AM

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Why were the two conflicting parties in lilliput called 'Big-Endians' and 'Little-Endians'? in gullivers travells
 

Aslan
Jun 18, 2012 4:38 AM

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Lilliput and Blefuscu represent England and France. The violent conflict between Big-Endians and Little-Endians represents the Protestant Reformation and the centuries of warfare between Catholics and Protestants...the Big-Endians and Little-Endians both share the same religious text, but they disagree on how to interpret a passage that can clearly be interpreted two ways. Similarly, Swift is suggesting that the Christian Bible can be interpreted in more than one way, and that it is ridiculous for people to fight over how to interpret it when no one can really be certain that one interpretation is right and others are wrong.

Source(s): http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gulliver/section3.rhtml

 

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