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Transcript of J-2-the-Swift
Though born in Dublin, Ireland, it is believe that Swift moved to England at a very young age with his mother. **Keep this in mind. His Irish background influenced him heavily thoughout his life and career.
Though an unknown condition at the time, Swift suffered from Meniere's Disease-- a condition of the inner ear that affects balance and can cause progressive hearing loss.
Though it is unknown for certain if Swift ever married, it is believed by some that he secretly wedded Esther Johnson-- a woman he knew since she was a child.
Swift was a satirist, essayist, poet, and pamphleteer whose (largely political) writings have had an everlasting impact on Western Literature.
In old age Swift began showing signs of insanity, eventually dying from a stroke on October 19th, 1745.
Brief Biography Selected Works A Modest Proposal A satire on Anglo-Irish relations (or more specifically, the treatment of the Irish by the wealthy English and the English gov't, A Modest Proposal finds Swift suggesting that the solution to Ireland's economic and social woes is the selling and cannibalistic consumption of Irish children by their parents.
A thinly-veiled slap-in-the-face to the somewhat bigoted attitude that the English had towards the Irish. Gulliver's Travels An oft-misinterpreted work from Swift, Gulliver's Travels follows the "protagonist" Gulliver as he... well... travels. Encountering a number of imaginary (though real-world inspired) creatures and civilizations, Gulliver's Travels asks us to reflect on our own humanity, and on the morality of our societies. Legacy Swift is remembered as one of the most important and talented satirists of all-time.
His writings have influenced not only the way that writers and literary critics use the English language, but also the social and political attitudes of many, either directly from reading his work, or indirectly from the work or attitudes that were influenced by his writings. English art critic and writer, John Ruskin,named Swift as one of the three people most influential to him "Look at my g*dd*mn BEARD" Media (In addendum to my "Modest Proposal" essay as well)