Essay on Jonathan Swift 's Gulliver 's Travels

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Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is a novel about the adventures of a man named Lemuel Gulliver, who travels through various kingdoms and encounters a wide variety of people. Swift uses the differences between the communities of individuals Gulliver interacts with, as well as Gulliver’s views on and opinions of them, to repeatedly emphasize the central themes of the novel, especially social status. Influenced by his political and religious views and the government of his time, Jonathan Swift uses the prominent themes of Gulliver’s Travels and peoples which Gulliver encounters to satirize the class system eighteenth century English society imposed from birth, as well as its politics as a whole and, more broadly, the corruptness of human nature. Swift’s complicated relationship with the British politics of his era played a large role in his portrayal of government and authority in Gulliver’s Travels. Through the themes of social status and class, Swift communicates his frustration with his government and his overall wariness of politics in general. Swift’s alliances were scattered and differing in that “he started as a Whig, but switched to the Tories after that party 's leader ... flattered him with compliments and personal attention” (Dirda). Swift’s loyalties were weak, due in part to his complete distrust in the political system. Unchanged, his principles remained somewhat constant. Though his “political stance was not tied to a party ... Swift 's conservative…

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