Swift 's Take On Europe

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Jacob Terry Mrs. Castleberry AP English IV October 13, 2014 Swift’s Take on Europe In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift becomes a master of irony and metaphors, which were used to take a stab and voice his opinion of people themselves in general, and the European government at the time. Jonathan utilizes irony, symbolism, and imagery to satirize Europe and the corruption of their government. He incorporates these literary devices into an entertaining story that doesn’t bore the reader, but allows him to voice his opinion on a wide variety of subjects involving Europe and their government/class system at the time. Swift is able to create many different islands in the book that represent something going on within the European society. The first island that Gulliver travels to in the book is the island of Lilliput. The people of this island are very tiny, and represent the small ideas that Swift does not agree with. Gulliver is fascinated by them. He attempts to fit in and abide by their rules, but even though he tries to do this, they still keep putting him down. The Lilliputians are supposed to represent the church and how they go against the rational ideas of all the different scientists at the time. Scientists were beginning to think more rationally, and beginning to believe that there was more to stuff than what was originally thought. Swift tries to show that the church isn’t the center of everything, and that it shouldn’t be. The people of Lilliput stay at
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