Gulliver's Travels Analysis

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Swift is one of the most practiced prose satirists ever to set pen to paper, and his style is marked by qualities that distinguish him from almost all others. Swift was a superb satirist, but he was also a superb mimic, which may be saying something of the same thing. His work is crowded with the feel and texture of real experience. Gulliver’s travels gains a large measure of its effect from the thousands of named things that fill its spaces. Any claim that Gulliver might make at the end of the Travels for removing himself from life’s clutter is rendered moot by the very press of things he thinks he has escaped. Swift is not a misanthrope rather he is a philanthrope. It is the fallacy of those who think Swift as a misanthrope. Swift only wants to reform mankind out of their follies and stupidities. He says that the chief end of all his labor is:
“to vex the world rather than divert it”. He declares that:
“I have ever hated all nations, professions, and communities and all his love is towards individuals.”
He does not believe that:
“Man is a rational animal”. Yet he believes that:
“Man is capable of becoming rational if he makes the necessary efforts.”
Gulliver is a decidedly inconsistent figure in the Travels. Indeed, there are several Gullivers, each capable of or subject to different levels of irony and each capable of or subject to different levels of satiric abuse. At various times Swift makes Gulliver’s responses shallow and unreliable as part of the fictional

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