The Part IV of Gulliver’s Travels Verges on Tragedy, Discuss

Swift’s satirical masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels satirizes English politics and politicians, the judicial system and religious disputes, no doubt but it is also a satire as mankind in general. A satirical work possesses some comic elements by exposing the follies, absurdities, and faults of human beings in a humorous and witty manner. Though there are some […]

Swift’s Attitude to Mankind as Portrayed in Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift had a mysterious character. He was a disappointed, frustrated and embittered man. Cursed with excessive pride and arrogance, he became like a suppressed volcano. So, various interpretations of his life and work have been offered. Critics differ widely on his attitude towards mankind and his society. Macaulay, Jeffrey, and Jeffrey produced unsympathetic studies […]

The Role and Function of Gulliver as a Narrator and an Observer

Jonathan Swift has presented Lemuel Gulliver as a narrator and an observer in his satirical masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels. The account of the different voyages narrated by this fictitious character adds an element of realism to the incidents described, for we have the feeling that Gulliver really experienced those incidents in different voyages. A careful analysis […]

Swift’s Satirical Technique in the Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels

The Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels is one of the most savage and terrible indictments of mankind. The clarity and force of Swift’s style are everywhere apparent. In Gulliver, he exposes intense hatred of mankind, such hatred is nothing but the reverse side of love. The degradation, the vileness which Swift ascribes to man could […]

Compare and Contrast the Lilliputians and the Emperor with the King of Brobdingnag

“A dark picture of political institutions and manners” has been presented in Gulliver’s Travels by the supreme satirist of English literature, Jonathan Swift. He had practical experience in politics and politicians. This experience had shown him the hidden springs of power and the part played by corruption and intrigue. Gulliver’s Travels throws the light of […]

Swift’s Satire on Science as Depicted in Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, believed that the attribute of man which make him distinct and elevated from lower animals are his rationality and reason. Therefore his perspective made him skeptical about the newfound scientific theories that brought a radical change in man’s notion about his place in the cosmos. As the revolutionary […]

Swift’s Political Satire in Book I and II of Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels has been described to be a great satiric masterpiece. The book was not written to entertain but to indict politicians, scientists, philosophers and Englishmen in general. In Book I and II, Swift’s satire is more toward individual targets rather than firing a broadside at abstract concepts. In Book I, he is primarily concerned […]

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