Gulliver 's Travels, Part Iv Essay

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Gulliver’s Travels, Part IV is an eighteenth-century book that evoked vivid clarity, of the perceived fairy tale, to be Jonathan Swift’s metaphoric description of society. Jonathan Swift’s ironic satire belittles mankind, by personifying Yahoos as manlike beastly, ignorant monkeys. He described the Yahoos as animals “. . . the face of it indeed was flat and broad, the nose depressed, the lips large, and the mouth wide. . .” (Swift 274). Swift twisted a man vs self theme between Gulliver and the Yahoos. Gulliver appears to be in perpetual battle with being a perfect man and the Yahoo’s significant shortcomings of being a man. Upon Gulliver’s return home, he cannot bear the thought or sight of his wife, children or even his own reflection; disgusted at the resemblance of a Yahoo. Swift was exposing his dissatisfaction with all of humanity; he was an alleged misanthrope.
Jonathan Swift wraps up Gulliver’s Travels with his final expedition in Part IV. Gulliver finds his way to a land that represents humanity in both utopia and avaricious; Country of the Houyhnhnms. Gulliver wrestles with his overwhelming disgust of human foible vices that is portrayed in the Yahoos (Overview: Gulliver 's Travels). Gulliver’s voyages have established that he clashes with each culture he encounters (Sim). Swift created a culture where the roles of human and horse were reversed. The Houyhnhnms represented humanity without flaws and the Yahoos were “…the strongest disposition to…

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