Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

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The range of different topics addressed in his sardonic novel allows readers to easily relate, as many of the issues of Swift’s time during the Enlightenment remain relevant issues. As Swift wrote in another satirical piece The Battle of the Books, “Satyr is a sort of Glass, wherein Beholders do generall discover every body’s Faces but their Own.” The Enlightenment placed an emphasis on the search for knowledge and facts; naturally, opposing ideas and beliefs created controversy in every realm of enlightenment thinking from science to politics, math to religion, and philosophy to literature. While the enlightenment encouraged intellectualism and interest in fields such as mathematics, science, and philosophy, Swift found that much of the “progress” made during this era was a waste of time and lacked practical application. Furthermore, Swift lampooned not only the intellectualism of the time but also the often petty quarrels within the realms, especially nuances in religion and politics. In Gulliver's Travels, Swift reflects in his fictional societies the fervor for intellectual thought and research during the Enlightenment by using satire to present the new movement in a way that was critical towards the attitudes and figures of his time.
In Gulliver’s stop at the island nation of Lilliput, Swift reflects the selfish and power-hungry…
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