The Satire of Gulliver’s Travels

4 April 2015
The paper discusses the ideas behind certain aspects of Jonathan Swift’s satire, `Gulliver’s Travels.

The paper discusses how in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels,` the religious war between the Lilliputians and the Blefuscuins is symbolic to the war between France and England, and more generally between the Protestants and the Catholics. The paper examines how the King of Brobdingnagia indirectly shows the reader how corrupt English and moreover European society and government were. It shows too how the relative sizes of the people that Gulliver visits is symbolic to the nature of each represented society.
`In his satire, Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift exposes the vices of a candid society and a backwards government through the eyes of a similarly candid member of that same society. Traveling in a fictional world, Gulliver is exposed to many things, from a land of tiny people, to a land of an over-sized populace, and from floating islands, to a kingdom ruled by an elite society of horses. The world Swift creates is his own world, in a compilation of symbolic peoples, wars, lives, laws and the nature of the individuals in this creation.`

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