Satire In Gulliver's Travels

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Satire is the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people 's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics. As the greatest satirist in the English language, Jonathan Swift was both admired and feared in his own time for the power of his writings. Gulliver 's Travels is regarded as Swift 's masterpiece. It is a novel in four parts recounting Gulliver 's four voyages to fictional exotic lands. His travels is first among diminutive people--the Lilliputians, then among enormous giants--people of Brobdingnag, then among idealists and dreamers and finally among horses. Each book has a different theme, but their common trait is to deflate human nature. Swift 's satirical attacks on…show more content…
For instance, In Laputa, Switfs is using the scientific style of writing to make fun of the scientics :“Their ideas are perpetually conversant in lines and figures. If they would, for example , praise the beauty of a woman…they describe it by rhombs , circles , parallelograms , ellipses and other geometrical terms.” Swift again satirizes specialized language in academic field when he describes the projects of the Grand Academy as completely useless and they are waste of time and money for the country : “The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects are yet brought to perfection, and in the mean time , the whole country lies miserably waste, the houses in ruins and the people without food or clothes.” Thus, Each project described, such as the extraction of sunbeams from a cucumber, is not only false but also purposeless. Even if its scientific foundation were correct, it would still serve no real purpose for the people meant to gain from it. The result is a society in which science is promoted for no real reason and time is wasted as a matter of

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