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What was Gulliver's occupation during the early travels? |

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Lemuel Gulliver begins the book as a surgeon on a ship. He has a great knowledge of medicines, truly a doctor by training.

In the light of his later character development, Gulliver's original profession is interesting, even ironic. A surgeon's occupation is to help people and save lives. As a ship surgeon, he would have helped quite a good number of people too. After his time among the "enlightened" Houyhnhnms, Gulliver becomes disgusted with the human race as a whole. He doesn't even want to lodge in the same house as his wife and children, let alone deal with other people on any kind of friendly basis.

So, he goes from being someone whose life goal is to save lives to someone who views humanity as not worth much of anything.

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