Gulliver’s Travels is highly based upon class and food. The higher class you are, the more plentiful food is to come by, and the more delicious the food is. The lower the class you are, the more scarce food is to find, and if you were to find food it would not be as pleasant to eat. However, when you are left with little choice on food to eat, it all becomes the best meal in the world since it is based on perspective.
In the story, they joke about how this man’s large appetite may create a famine in the town because of all the food he is eating. Because he is the higher class, he can eat and eat, despite his size and appetite, because his friends and family make decisions on who can eat how much and when. Then, when he travels to the land of Brobdingnag, he has a miniscule appetite compared to these fellows. Their portions of food are so large that they could kill him. Gulliver fears for is life several times when he is at their land because of being thrown into a bowl of cream and then being placed into the marrow of a bone until he is rescued.
Overall, Gulliver’s travels takes food and class and uses those two topics to show the struggle between food and power. It also takes into account that size does matter when it comes to a power struggle.