Analysis Of Jonathan Swift 's ' Gulliver 's Travels '

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Jonathan Swift was a writer known for his use of satire: the application of humor, irony, exaggeration, and ridicule to expose and criticize. At a glance, the novel seems to be a travel log of Lemuel Gulliver’s adventures, but is primarily a work of satire. Through Gulliver’s Travels, Swift strives to satirize the eighteenth century humanity. Swift was titled a misanthrope, a hater of humanity, his misanthropy rose from his disappointment in mankind. Swift utilizes Gulliver in satirizing the population, which he was disappointed with, in each voyage of the novel. The satire used in Gulliver’s Travels is used to reveal how Swift regarded mankind, as societies who did not exist to their utmost potential to be great but were instead exhibiting the frills of greatness.
Swift was recognized as a man of intelligence and used his intellect to display the anarchy, corruption, and confusion of the eighteenth century England. He saw the idiocy and the vices behind the façade of reason and common sense. His intelligence was capable to of identifying evil in all its forms and areas of presence and he could not endure the lack of reason in any aspect of human existence. His being of displeased with the ways of people, Swift felt accountable to try to reform it. Corruption in religion was vigorously criticized along with the impractical use of scientific knowledge in his works. Swift felt that man could never achieve perfection. He frequently used a “mask” in his writing, hiding behind…
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