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  1. Swift's Satire on Women in "Gulliver's Travels"

    And in Book-II, when the Brobdingnagian farmer shows Gulliver to his wife, she, upon seeing such a diminutive creature as it appears to the giants, screams "as women in England do at the sight of a toad or a spider." Swift satirizes the ugliness of female body, with which the women generally take a mighty pride, in Gulliver's account of the giant women's breast and Gulliver simply confesses that "no object ever disgusted me as much as the sight of her monstrous breast."

    • Word count: 970
  2. In a Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift, the main objective was to draw attention to the plight of the Irish people and motiva

    Although something seems one way to the narrator, Jonathan Swift wants the reader to see it in an opposite light. Swift's opposition is indirectly presented. The author uses satire to accomplish his objective not only because he is able to conceal his true identity but also because it is the most effective way to awake the people of Ireland into seeing their own deprivation. Firstly, the narrative voice begins the essay by describing the horrible conditions in which the Irish peasants are living.

    • Word count: 978
  3. "A Modest Proposal"

    The meaning of the word 'proposal' is that he offers a solution, which we could use in future to prevent something. He is offering his plan and ideas. 'A Modest Proposal' gives a reader an idea about some simple plan or solution to a serious issue. Swift write satire because he is bitterly critical of poor people being treated badly, and most of all that children are making the situation even worst. Jonathan Swift draws reader into this issue by using sarcastic words and arguments which make this problem to look even worst.

    • Word count: 922
  4. Swift's Satire Rewrite

    "It is allowed on all hands, that the primitive way of breaking eggs before we eat them, was upon the larger end: but his present Majesty's grandfather, while he was a boy, going to eat an egg... happened to cut one of his fingers."(598) Swift portrayed his contempt for the way England declared war over trivialities. This is primarily criticized because the relevance of the situation is miniature, but the response is largely blown out of control. Swift says "The people so highly resented this law, that our histories tell us there has been six rebellions raised on that account; wherein one emperor lost his life and another his crown."(598)

    • Word count: 984
  5. 'Gulliver's Travels', written by Jonathan Swift - a satire on British society

    Three particularly notable social/cultural practises in this land were the trivialities of war, ingratitude of humanity, and the arbitrary ways of the government. Gulliver's Travels is said to be a satirical text focusing on the cultural practises of the British society of that time. It firstly satirizes the trivialities of war. Swift achieves this in the voyage to Lilliput, by showing that both the British and Lilliputian wars were fought for small and trivial reasons. In Lilliput, Swift shows this element two weeks after Gulliver obtains his liberty.

    • Word count: 892
  6. Gulliver's Travels S.A.

    Some of the words Swift uses are formal and pompous an example of one of these words is, 'Leathern Jerkin,' This is a posh word for a leather coat, it's effect on the reader is it shows them that Gulliver is a well educated man who has a wide vocabulary. I believe that this was swift's intention. This is the affect as it had on me as a reader. In the whole book there are a lot of long paragraphs longer than you would normally find in a book today.

    • Word count: 951
  7. How is satire used in these two texts to help inform the reader about what is wrong with the society at the time? Provide specific examples and show how using humour can be successful means for dealing with more serious issues.

    The one main difference is that Swift cannot be openly satirical as he is writing at a time when the people he satirised where still alive. The playwrights of Blackadder are not under the same tweat as Swift Here are examples of satire, which are found through Black Adder and how they are effective in expressing the writers disapproval of society Ordinary people are not permitted to vote therefore have no say in how both their lives and their country is run.

    • Word count: 853
  8. An Analysis of Swift's "A Modest Proposal"

    The persona Swift has adopted is that who is malicious, savage and inhumane. He is a fiercely left-wing economist who is fascist to the extent that one could compare him to a Nazi. Although he tries to give an objective, sensible tone, he reveals his intolerance to the homeless on numerous occasions. He refers to the birth of children of the homeless, as being "dropped from its dam". This phrase is more commonly used for animals, rather than humans, so by using this phrase, Swift's persona is comparing the homeless to animals and thinks of them at the same level.

    • Word count: 806

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