Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

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In the cleverly written and witty story of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, the reader is taken on a journey that targets the strengths of weakness of different societies. Swift ingeniously incorporates the use of the main character, Lemuel Gulliver, and his experiences through the discovery of several islands in order to relay messages about his own country’s system of politics, society, and use of scientists. The first voyage Lemuel Gulliver sets foot on is to the distant and strange island of Lilliput. In this outlandish island rank, politics, international war, lose all of their significance. The natives of Lilliput bare a strikingly similar resemblance to human beings with only one trivial difference of standing three …show more content…
The bewildered Gulliver soon finds himself in the presence of the queen and through his close relationship with the queen, learns about the Brobdingnagian government while simultaneously teaching the queen about his own experiences regarding politics. Jonathan Swift portrays the government of Brobdingnag as one of communistic characteristics. The queen essentially holds all the power within the kingdom and rarely allows her advisors or other members of the government to influence her decisions. The natives of Brobdingnag are ruled with a system of equality, granting equal amounts of food and luxuries. The country does not have a system of currency, which subsequently diminishes any existence of greed in which Gulliver is not accustomed to not witnessing. Through the daily lessons on his government, Gulliver reveals that it is solely based on conquering other nations and taking their most prized materials. In this occasion, Swift frustratingly attempts to bring his government’s weaknesses to light. In underlying pretexts within the story, he is revealing that countries were invaded for absolutely no reason, greed for goods and money was the main motive behind war, and that the people were unfairly ruled over. Consequently, the queen’s continual dismay regarding Gulliver’s country illustrates the extremity to which corruption had entered the government in which Swift was accustomed to. Nonetheless, the reader can conclude that the Brobdingnagian society stands more
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