in Gulliver’s Travels
symbolizes perspective and thus each population that Gulliver
visits sports different garments. The tiny clothes of the Lilliputians
differ from the immense clothing of the Brobdingnaggians
as their small size endows them with a different view of the world from that of the giant Brobdingnaggians; the Laputians
’ elaborate robes decorated with astronomical and mathematical symbols are the opposite of the Houyhnhmns
’ nakedness, as their preoccupations with theory and abstraction are utterly distinct from the Houyhnhmns down-to-earth wisdom. Though Gulliver comes to each country wearing his own clothes, those clothes gradually fall apart and he is outfitted in native garments. Likewise, Gulliver enters each country carrying his own ideas and opinions but, as he immerses himself in the new society, his mindset is shaped by the people around him until his perspective starts to match theirs.