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Satire of Gullivers Travels. In Gulliver's Travels, Swift satirizes the corruption of the English government, society, science, religion, and man in general.

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Satire of Gulliver's Travels Jonathon Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels, was a pioneering text in the field of satire. Its purpose was to be humourous but not to make us laugh. His ideal objective was to poke to fun at the events that were occurring in his time period. In Gulliver's Travels, Swift satirizes the corruption of the English government, society, science, religion, and man in general. In Gulliver's first travel, in which he visited Lilliput, Gulliver is faced with the minute people, called Lilliputians. Now while this is the premise for a fantasy story, Swift uses the events within to make severe satires of England between reigns of Queen Anne and George the first. The people of Lilliput are about six inches tall, and there size signifies that their motives, acts, and humanity are in the same, dwarfish. In this section, the royal palace is accidentally set on fire, containing the empress inside. ...read more.

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With Gulliver's next travel, we find him in Brobdingnag. His voyage satirizes the filthy mental and physical characteristics of man. Gulliver's first owner in Brobdingnag satirizes the selfishness of man. Gulliver is constantly displayed in public, abused for the profit of the owner. When his owner finds out that Gulliver is weakening, he sells him immediately, at a high price in order to milk every last penny out of Gulliver. Gulliver's third voyage, to the floating island of Laputa is one of the most satirical of the whole book. In this voyage Swift satirizes the Royal Society of England, in which he says is composed of useless philosophers, inventors, and scientists. The floating island signifies that the inhabitants are composed of the same airy constitution as the environment. Projects done by such people are summed up by "the Universal Artist," who directs his followers to turn useful things into the exact opposite, which results in useless achievements. ...read more.

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They would poison their own bodies, by sucking a root, similar to alcohol, to reach a high. The female population of the Yahoos is also given characteristics of the ladies of the royal stature. Their gestures of hiding behind bushes and trees, looking at the passing by males, gives the sarcasm of a woman hiding her face behind a fan, while looking flirtatiously over her shoulder. The smell associated with the female Yahoos satirizes the perfume ladies wear to attract men. Through Gulliver, Jonathan Swift travels to four different foreign countries, each insinuating a corrupt part of England. Swift satirizes the corruption of these parts, and focuses on the government, society, science, religion, and man. Not only does swift satirize the customs of each country, he mocks the naive man who has the inability to figure out the double meaning of things. Gulliver, being gullible himself, believes everything he is told, which symbolizes the irony of the English system. ...read more.

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