For most part of the text, Gulliver is representative of the human race, in all its foibles and idiocy. Through books one to three Gulliver is an ardent proponent of the human race and regards every scientific or social inventions they have made to be worthy of admiration and praise. For example, in the court of the Brobdingnagian King, Gulliver unabashedly informs, and even offers to make for the King of Brobdingnag, the human invention of gunpowder, which, as Gulliver proudly states, can “rip up the pavement, tear the houses to pieces, burst and throw splinters on every side, dashing out the brains of all wh...
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...o shows that humanity is not beyond saving, that we could become moral, enlightened persons like Don Pedro, who is, after all, human, like the rest of us. As such, Gulliver’s Travels shows us a way of mastering our disillusionment, by pointing to us the example of Don Pedro, Swift is showing us that it is possible for humanity to attain a higher level, that we can all become Don Pedro. Thus, Gulliver’s Travels does show us that we can overcome our baser nature, and in so doing, master our disillusionment with ourselves.
In conclusion, Corrigan’s theory of Comedy matches Gulliver’s Travels to a large extent. It does allow us to understand the flaws of humankind, and, through laughter, shows us our imperfections. Gulliver’s Travels also shows us that it is possible for humanity to overcome its baser nature, and so allows us to master our disillusionment with ourselves.
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