Analysis Of Gulliver 's Travels By Jonathan Swift Essay

762 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
When people gather in groups, leaders rise, taboos form, and malcontents grumble. The traditions and mores of a society become controls of the ruling class, manipulated to better serve the needs of the powerful in maintaining power. However, with the invention of the printing press and an increased literacy of the common man, information moved from the hands of the church and the noble elite to the common man. The late 17th century, ushered in the Age of Reason a period of intellectual growth, and according to Martin Rowson, "spawned a mushrooming of public satire... Which ran like a sewer beneath the Enlightenment"(153). Traveling beyond the confines of the local circle, printed materials, exposing shared sentiments and contempt for the excesses of society, emerged in the verse and prose of writers such as Jonathan Swift.
Swift published a satirical commentary later named Gulliver 's Travels, in which the Englishman Gulliver discovers several cultures that represent a caricature of English social traits. The first of the cultures encountered by Gulliver is the diminutive people of Lilliput. The people of Lilliput suffer under the strain of a cultural conflict involving the proper opening of eggs. This disagreement creates civil unrest between two factions and enmity with a neighboring kingdom. Using Lilliput 's division and foreign conflict, Swift satirizes the religious conflict of the Catholics and Protestant factions in England. Gulliver learns that the unresolved…

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