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Gulliver's Travels

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A Look at Gulliver's Travels The masterpiece of fantasy with unforgettable little people, giant people, flying islands, and talking horses, Jonathan Swift creates a new popular genre of realistic novel which is to present plausible details as if they were literally true through the book Gulliver's Travels. Swift first published the book in London with the title Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World with the alias Lemuel Gulliver. Only a few knew that the real author was Dr. Swift, the distinguished Dean of the Anglican St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Many people including, Samuel Johnson, remember the novel as a as "a production so new and strange that it filled the reader with a mingled emotion of merriment and amazement." ...read more.


The separation between the rich and the poor class depicts the governments view on society and how it should be run. The governing system of Lilliput attempts to portray equalization and equal opportunities, but, in context of terms and actions one is able to witness the separating factors of class separation and distinction. The power is mainly held in the hands of the emperor who is able to mandate decrees and create laws, although the approval of the people and government officials is also needed. An example would be when the "emperors father published an edict, commanding all his subjects, upon great penalties, to break the smaller end of their eggs." ...read more.


The people of Borabdingnag attend Sabbath on Wednesdays displaying their dedication and devotion to the church. The respect and responsibility of the people to attend Sabbath enable the audience to understand the major role of the Church in the lives of the citizens. Their religious aspect and beliefs shape their morals and in effect play a major role in every aspect of their lives. Unlike the citizens of Lilliput the Church is the dominating organization in which the political government is in accordance with. The government is described as being simple and broad a collaboration of "narrow principles and short views" (135) . The simplicity of the government enables the Church to play a more dominant role and influence the lives of the Borabdingnagians. ...read more.

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