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Transcript of Gulliver's Travels
confusing diction helped add a feel for
the time period and the authenticity of
Gulliver's character. Swift added his own personal opinion into his story, and such opinions were in abundant supply. In Swift's life, one can assume that he was a very one-sided man who saw the world how he wanted to; he saw how the world really was. Unfortunately, even though his feelings about his time were very judgemental and harsh, they were correct in the corruption and misuse of political and scientific powers. His diction and style reflect such accusations and beliefs. Allegory & Allusions Laced throughout the novel, many forms of allegory and allusion are brought to life. For example, many times throughout the novel are size and power used to be a direct allusion to man's power and ego over those who are under him. Most readers mistake the travels as just a book on travel, such as a "parody or a serious travel novel, but some see it as a philosophical allegory like 'Candide' or a vision such as 'Of Utopia"' (McLean). Satire: The Single Most Important Part of the Novel As the single mort As the works most widely used device--and what makes Swift such a great and famous writer--is his satire. Although it is severely overused; satire helps bring the whole story together. In each of the 'books' within the novel, Swift pokes fun at the human race in a different, creative way. He seems to jest at the fact that all humans go through 'voyages' in life. With Gulliver, we see a man who loves mankind transform into a bitter, uncritical hater of man, all of this, of course, is in plain sight of the reader, one must just know where to look. In fact, there is rarely a moment in the entire novel where Swift is not making some hidden, sly remark about human nature, and our society. In conclusion... The novel is good, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe if I had more time to actually sit down to enjoy it, I might, but in reality, it is a "long" book (311 pages in paperback with tiny print). I wouldn't say for anyone to not read it, but I would advise that unless you can find time to read it, then don't bother. His writing style is very confusing and he uses made up words in the book very often. I would give this book a 5.8 out of 10. Gulliver's
Jonathan Swift ANY QUESTIONS?