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Gulliver's Travels

 

by Jonathan Swift
 
This novel is a very interesting political analysis and
satire of various governments and societies. As the
Author/title character travels throughout the world, he
visits many different lands with varying forms of
government and society. The Author compares each land to
the government and society of his native England.
 
The Author, through his descriptions, contemplates
different types of governments. Many of the governments he
describes are depictions of governments in existence at the
time in which the Author lived. The Author's own discontent
with the English government and European society is the
focus of this novel. 

Through fanciful imaginings, the Author depicts chaotic and
ridiculous lands that closely resemble the European
countries of his time. Many of the conflicts in the novel
correspond to actual events. Numerous characters actually
represent members of European society. The Author uses this
novel as a satire and criticism of English and European
governments and societies. It is through this novel that
the Author expresses his own political beliefs by favorable
or disparaging descriptions of the different lands. 

Towards the conclusion of the novel, the Author describes
his total rejection of European Government and society. He
longs for an ideal country to exist like the one he had
seen in the land of the Houyhnhnms I would like to explore
the historical background of this novel and define what
Swift is actually criticizing in his novel. Swift was just
one of the many Europeans who was unhappy with the
political and social environment in Europe. This discontent
was what caused many Europeans to leave and come to the New
World, to America. This dissatisfaction is what founded our
country today. The Land of the Houyhnhnms is what many of
the unhappy Europeans hoped the New World to be.

 




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