Gulliver 's Travels By Jonathan Swift Essay

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The famous author Jonathan Swift once said, “When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him" (Swift Introduction vi). Jonathan Swift himself was a great genius who lived through the end of the 16th century. He was born with a gift ahead of his time that allowed him to see the world as it really was: a dystopia. Born in Dublin in 1667, he lived through an aggressive time period in Europe. Political unrest, religious prosecution, and nationalism caused many conflicts which would affect his entire life, and his career. Published under the pseudonym, Lemuel Gulliver, Gulliver’s Travels is considered Jonathan Swift’s greatest work. In this novel, he uses satire to show the world its wrongdoings. Many people consider it a classic, and some claim that it was shaped by Swift’s experiances. Gulliver’s Travels shows evidence of Swift’s personal life in three ways; his episodic life, religious career, and persecution for his beliefs. Jonathan Swift’s life was filled with new beginnings and second chances. Months before he was born Jonathan Swift’s father died and left him alone with his mother, Abigail. Abigail worked hard but could not support young Jonathan. She was forced to leave for a job in England and left him with his nurse (“Gulliver’s” 75). When he reached school age, his uncle took him to attend the best schools in Ireland. His high education allowed him to lead a successful career in politics and…

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