The Ideals Of Jonathan Swift
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The Ideals of Jonathan Swift
The tale of Gulliverís Travels can be described as a written criticism of the society in which Swift lived. In each of the worlds Gulliver encountered the problems he saw with the civilizations were actually the political and social aspects Jonathan Swift disliked about his own world. He also accomplishes this by giving the inhabitants of these worlds superior traits and attitudes in order to compare them to and belittle the culture that surrounded Swift. An example of this could be the intellectual and proper race of houyhnhnms.
One of the most interesting questions about Gulliverís Travels is whether the Houyhnhnms
represent his ideal of rationality or whether they are also part of Swift's satire. In Book IV, is Swift poking fun at the talking horses or does he intend for us to take them seriously. If we look closely at the way that the Houyhnhnms act, we can see that in fact Swift does not tak...
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