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AS and A Level: Jonathan Swift

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  1. Swift's main purpose in Gulliver's Travels.

    In an effort to reform the social structure of England, Swift shows the reader the ridiculousness of a few people managing the lives of an entire nation and collecting the profits put forth by the majority's work. "Without the Consent of this illustrious Body [the Nobility]," Swift declares, "no Law can be enacted repealed, or altered: And these Nobles have likewise the Decision of all our Possessions without Appeal" (193). Thus, Swift opens the door showing the corruption of the class system and the undue power of the Nobility over the lives of the population.

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  2. Consider Swift's presentation of two of the characters in 'Waterland' who you find most effectively portrayed.

    This permits him to build up formidably complex minds in very short periods of time as he only describes what is striking and always brings new dimensions to old characters thus he shows what Mary was like when she was a "little Madonna" and abruptly changes our whole perspective of her when we learn of her adventures thus shedding the first layer of mystery and giving the reader something new to reflect on. Swift also for some of the characters gives us information at the very the beginning of "Waterland" and it takes the whole novel for us to learn how that person died (in the case of Dick)

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  3. Guillivers Travels. In this essay I will discuss all 4 voyages in which Gulliver embarks on and how they represent aspects of human nature.

    In the first narrative we see everything through Lemur Gulliver?s eyes; an English physician and a traveller. We see Gulliver?s view of the world, but also realise that Lilliputians are a product of Swift imagination; with Swifts main purpose to produce a satirical critique of human kind and society. This allows us to read Gulliver?s travels on multiple levels. We trust his narrative due to the detailed descriptions he gives of his voyages and the biographical details. However, it is difficult to regard Gulliver as a ?heroic character? despite undergoing tremendous feats such as being shipwrecked (numerous times), attacked with arrows, taken captured by pirates etc.

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