Success Of Jonathan Swift

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From exposing corrupt political authority to defying traditional thinking, Jonathan Swift firmly left his imprint on modern satire and literature. Despite suffering numerous personal tragedies and facing unexpected predicaments, he transformed typical writings and plain tracts into memorable works of art. Swift also cared passionately for the mistreated and acted to cause genuine change in society. Through dedication, perseverance, and creativity, Jonathan Swift succeeded in politics and satire to make a difference in both the past and the present. Swift was born in Ireland on November 30, 1667, at a time when the country faced continual poverty under the harsh leadership of England. Unfortunately, he was also born with a series of unfortunate …show more content…
Sir William Temple, a man closely connected with the royal family, hired and provided him with a golden opportunity to rise quickly in politics. Swift experienced numerous blessings in jobs and prestige because of his patron (Damrosch, 36-38). Another benefit of their relationship was the opportunity for Swift to talk directly with the king: in that day it was unusual for commoners to have such an experience (Damrosch, 62-63)! Unfortunately, Temple viewed his secretary as ordinary and not well-gifted in anything. Thus, Temple forbade him from showcasing his talents to the world. Under this frustrating circumstance, Swift chose to persevere. Because he wanted to prove Temple wrong, Swift used this as motivation to help him achieve his future goals. By the end of his life, as we shall see, Swift succeeded (Damrosch, 44). At this time, both Temple and Swift resided at Moor Park. It was here that Swift met his closest and dearest friend, Hester Johnson, who was also known as Stella. The two met during Swift’s private tutoring sessions, and the pair quickly formed a strong friendship that would last for many years. Whenever possible, they constantly desired to communicate with each other in person or through letters (Damrosch, …show more content…
When Sir William Temple passed away in 1699, his family informed Swift that his continued employment would be at much lower pay and standing. Out of respect to the Temple family, Swift accepted his new job as the Earl of Berkeley. However, after making the arduous journey to the city, he discovered the job had already been taken! This both frustrated and disappointed him with his time wasted and hopes spoiled. But instead of letting his circumstance depress him, Swift quickly found another job at a church near Dublin (Biography.com Editors). In 1704, with his financial situation secure, Swift could finally dedicate more time for writing (Biography.com Editors). He created his first masterpiece, A Tale of a Tub, along with a short introductory satire entitled The Battle of the Books. Although the Tale had a complex plot without a conventional storyline, it showcased his exceptional writing talents and impressed many critics, who tried to solve the identity of its mysterious author. Unfortunately, the work also had controversial aspects, which would permanently harm the goals Swift had in mind (Damrosch,

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