Why Is Swift Described As A Pacifist?
He uses humour as a weapon to attack the vices of society and show how ridiculous their behaviour is. In the first voyage to the island of Lilliput, Swift uses satirical portraits when speaking on the conflict between the Little Endians and the Big Endians on the island. The novel further describes the reasoning behind their feud as simply being a difference of the way each cracks their eggs. Swift being a pacifist conveys the facilities of war, criticising issues which are blown out of proportion to the extent that lives are lost of such trivial matters. His use of satire on conflict compels the reader to think about the perversities of war between two groups, who at face value seem to be very similar. In this account, swift is ridiculing the conflict between the Roman Catholics and the Protestants in Great Britain at that time. He uses the fictitious depiction of the Little Endians and the Big Endians as a satirical portrait, showing how small differences of opinions can turn into petty arguments where weapons are used to kill. “My little Friend Grildrig; you have made a most admirable Panegyric upon your Country. You have clearly proved that Ignorance, Idleness and Vice are the proper Ingredients for qualifying a Legislator. …But, by what I have gathered from your own Relation, and the Answers I have with much Pains wringed and extorted from you, I cannot but conclude the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface of the Earth.” Here Gulliver describes his encounter with the King of Brobdingnag, where have discussion on the people of England. Gulliver firstly attempts to give a brief and honest summary on the lifestyle of the people of his native land. However, the King interprets Gulliver’s very misanthropic account as a