As much as there was to enjoy in this work, I was not as blown away by it as I would have liked to have been. It was missing the ear-pleasing lyrical quality that I have come to expect when reading classic literature.
As a result, English society held themselves in very high regards, feeling that they were the elite society of mankind.
In the novel, Swift uses metaphors to reveal his disapproval of English society. Through graphic representations of the body and its functions, Swift reveals to the reader that grandeur is merely an illusion, a facade behind which English society of his time attempted to hide from reality.
Yet, despite his belief in superiority, Swift shows that Gulliver is not as great as he imagines when the forces of nature call upon him to relieve himself.
By humbling their representative, the author implies that despite the belief of the English to be the most civilized and refined society, they are still human beings who are slaves to the same forces as every other human being regardless of culture or race. On the second voyage, Swift turns the tables on Gulliver and places him among a race of giant people, the Brobdingnagians, where Gulliver is viewed as the inferior.
Due to his miniature size, Gulliver is able to examine the human body in a much more detailed manner. Upon witnessing the undressing of the Maids of Honor, Gulliver expresses his aversion to their naked bodies.
Showing that despite their apparent beauty, they are not perfect, and suffer the same flaws and imperfections of appearance as any other women.
He reveals the flaws it their thinking by reducing them to what they are, human beings, which, like any other group of human beings is able to do, have merely adopted a superficial self righteous attitude. In doing so, Swift makes a broader statement about mankind today.
Despite all the self acclaimed advances in civilization and technology, we are still merely human; suffering from the same forces and flaws, impulses and imperfections as everyone else.
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Norton Anthology of English Literature.Many of the societies that are encountered have the same views, while each has its own colorful twist. Jonathan Swift satirizes war, the separation of social classes, and the power of perception; all issues remain universal to present society.
The societies that Gulliver encounters are extremely diverse. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels: Summary & Analysis. One satirical author who wrote a novel about living in a corrupt society is Jonathan Swift who wrote Gulliver’s Travels. explained on how his government was based on conquering other and in constant war with other countries with simple problems that can be solved with.
Jonathan Swift's satires of Isaac Newton and the Royal Society were political and personal. Photograph: Getty For historians of science, Jonathan Swift's book Gulliver's Travels is well known both as a work of what we might call proto-science fiction and as a satire on the experimental philosophy that was being promoted by the Royal Society at the time of its publication – two years before the death of Isaac .
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The Anglo-Irish poet, political writer, and clergyman Jonathan Swift () ranks as the foremost prose satirist in the English language and as one of the greatest satirists in world literature..
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