Essay on Analysis Of Jonathan Swift 's ' Gulliver 's Travels '

1128 Words Nov 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Jonathan Swift was one of the first authors to write satire. Satire is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people 's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.” Gulliver’s Travels is one of the most popular of Swift’s novels, but many people fail to notice that the story is a satirical allusion to the religion, illogical nature of mankind, and society of Swift’s time. Swift uses satire of religion in the first island Gulliver visits, Lilliput. Lilliput has a neighboring island named Blefuscu. Lilliput and Blefuscu are “intended as, and understood to be, satirical portraits of the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of France,” (Manguel 368). However, there are only internal details about Lilliput. For example, one of the internal issues between the people of Lilliput in simple terms, is which end they break their hard-boiled eggs on. This, however, can actually be interpreted into the country’s religion. Traditionally, the Lilliputians believe in breaking their eggs on larger end, but a few generations before their current emperor came to power, it was decided that eggs should be broken on the smaller end, because the emperor’s son cut his hand when breaking an egg on the large side (Freeman). The people broke into the Big-Endians and Little-Endians. In his essay, Freeman compares this to the religion of Britian:

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