Gulliver's Travels Criticism

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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 …show more content…
He saw the injustice of others’ actions against various groups of people. Gulliver’s Travels is considered a masterpiece of satire and focuses on this problem. Swift believed that suppression of others for any reason is wrong. Each of the four islands that Lemuel Gulliver discovers reveals a different perspective for himself. Part one focuses on Gulliver being more powerful than the tiny Lilliputians, but instead of utilizing his superior size, he makes peace with them.
I thought it the most prudent method to lie still, and my design was to continue so till night, when, my left hand being already loose, I could easily free myself: and as for the inhabitants, I had reason to believe I might be a match for their greatest armies they could bring against me, it they were all of the same size with him that I saw. But fortune disposed otherwise of me. When the people observed I was quiet, they discharged no more arrows . . . (Swift Gulliver
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It was written by Jonathan Swift and influenced by his life. One influence was Swift’s numerous and various experiences, such as working for both the Anglican Church of England and the Church of Ireland. Swift was also influenced by his religion and his religious career. Lastly, constant prosecution for his beliefs helped shape Gulliver’s Travels. Jonathan Swift published most of his writings, like Gulliver’s Travels, under various pseudonyms in order to protect his name from those he intended to offend. This opposition to his work proved not only that his intent was successful, but also that, by his own definition, Jonathan Swift was a great genius of

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