The Satirical Writing Style Of Jonathan Swift 's Gulliver 's Travels

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The satirical writing style of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels creates a confusing aura surrounding the themes projected in the elaborate story. Gulliver encounters the Lilliputian Nation in his first book of travels. To the naked eye it is difficult to interpret the deeper meaning behind the exaggerated practices of the native people. However, John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government provides a basis of historical knowledge to interpret Swift’s work with greater clarity. The governmental and societal views of Locke’s Second Treatise of Government enhance the satirical ideologies implemented throughout Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The first major similarity between the two texts can be seen through the difference in size between Gulliver and the Lilliputian people. The six-inch tall people, for a portion of book one, detain Gulliver. His size gives him the ability to escape and destroy the natives with merely a flick of his finger, yet he chooses not to do so. As we see in Locke’s ideology “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker” (Locke, 6). While Gulliver may have been imprisoned, the Lilliputians were never a real threat. Due to the basic human rights…

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