Swift had the power to easily implement new ideas and insights into people with his writings. A great satirist has explicit convictions about right and wrong, but he must be able to make these convictions sound convincing in words. Swift had a sharp perception into the delusions and hopes of people's everyday lives, so he often filtered his ideas through characters and tales that were easy for common people to relate to. When we read Gulliver's Travels, it almost seems like a straightforward adventure story, filled with tales of new creatures and distant countries. On further inspection, it can be seen as a biting satire on s...
Mayer Feldman AP Literature Ms. Schuet, Block 3 16 January, 2014 1. Title and Author: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift 2. Plot Summary: Through the travels of Gulliver, a surgeon whose business has declined over the years, Jonathan Swift is able to reveal the true limitations of human knowledge and understanding, the different types of utopian societies, and the fundamental differences between governing with power versus morality and rationality. All of these ideas are present in the different societies that Gulliver visits during his travels in the sea. His first voyage Gulliver is by far the most powerful person, destroying fleets of ships with a single blow, quelling massive fires, and withstanding thousands of arrows as if they were pinpricks (which they were).
Traveling around the world can open your eyes to many new discoveries. Jonathan Swift was a well-known author during the 1600 and 1700’s. Many of Swift’s pieces were based on his experiences during his travels. “For most general readers, the name Jonathan Swift is associated only with his satiric masterpiece Gulliver's Travels. They are not aware that, in addition to it and hundreds of poems, he wrote a great deal of nonfictional prose, much of it of considerable interest, significance, and excellence” (Schakel).
In Gulliver’s Travels, Swift uses multiple examples of political, religious, intellectual, economic, and social satire to exhibit the faults of Europe during the eighteenth century. This story, however, also has contemporary connections. The high and low heels of Lilliput, for example, can represent Democrats and Republicans in the United States. Swift’s use of satire allowed him to criticize what was happening in Europe at the time without being too obvious about it. Whereas many other novels were being burned for criticizing governments, Swift was able to mask his criticisms through satire. He was still able to inform the readers of the faults of Europe without angering any leaders. Ultimately, Swift is able to use satire to comment to serious societal issues of the eighteenth century while still providing an entertaining novel.
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, is regarded as one of the greatest satires in modern history. The purpose of the book, although some of his contemporaries didn’t realize it, is to ridicule his government, his rulers, and human nature as a whole. His generalization of the human condition doesn’t manifest itself completely until Part IV of the book, where the main character, Lemuel Gulliver, finds himself on an island inhabited by two main species – the Houyhnhnms, horse-like animals, and the Yahoos, human-like animals. The difference between this island and reality as we know it is the fact that the Houyhnhnms are intelligent, noble creatures governed wholly by reason, and the Yahoos are naked, dirty humanoids that seem at best, barbaric creatures. The purpose of Part IV is to show the extremities of human nature, and to display both the good and bad qualities through two different examples. Swift makes the good quality of human nature seem more foreign to the reader by attributing that good quality, reason, to a horse. It also puts the period of Enlightenment in perspective for the reader. The main purpose of Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels is to exemplify the two extremes of human nature, as well as show what position on that spectrum we humans should strive to achieve.
Jonathan Swift uses Gulliver travels to somewhat criticize the English society. Gulliver visits four society’s that each have likeness back to England. He sees the Houyhnhnms, Laputa, Brobdingnag, and Lilliputian who all share similar problems. Swift successfully creates the satiric mode by pointing out the same flaws of England through a different society to make the social ills apparent to the reader.
The world is a strange place, full of strange people, strange customs, and strange ideas. Jonathan Swift understood that and chose to write down just how strange and absurd the world was, satirizing the customs of civilization and humanity by crafting strange lands with strange people and strange customs that oddly mirrored the world he lived and explained them from the point of view of Lemuel Gulliver, a man who fit into Swift’s time and Swift’s world but whose views of his world are changed by the oddities of the odd nations he visits and how their unusual behaviors reflect those of his people.
In “Gulliver’s Travels,” Jonathon Swift shows what happens when we place too much emphasis on reason. In his satire, Swift pokes fun at those who are consumed with the Enlightenment way of thinking. He believes that to place reason in such high esteem is not as necessary as some are making it out to be. Although he seems to believe that reason has its place in our society and every day life, it is not the governing factor by which we should live. In “Gulliver’s Travels” we see what can happen when people loose touch with reason and the consequences that follow their decisions.
During Swift’s observation he maintains a scientific style of writing when speaking of his brilliant plan while continuing his satirical message in order to gain credibility. Swift’s main attributes are...
Gulliver’s Travels In the novel, Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift addresses many things wrong with the society around him. His portrayal of English society shows how much he saw evil in it. He mainly addressed five issues throughout his book: war, government and politics,economy, society, and mankind as a whole.