Summary In Gulliver's Travels

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A. Overall presentation of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
Jonathan Swift was an Anglican priest. He was Dean of Dublin’s Saint Patrick Cathedral. He was also the greatest among satirists in his time. He set up the Scriblerus Club with the help of Alexander Pope and other authors. He used irony and satire in an attempt to change his society from within. He was attacking all sides of society that seemed flawed to him. He, for instance, “was attacking the ‘abuses’ in religion and learning”. For instance, in Gulliver’s Travels, which is divided into four parts or books, Swift attacks the government, its organisation, structure and the falseness of its party system. He also criticises the Church by commenting on the controversy surrounding the breaking of boiled eggs. A Lilliputians’ custom consists of breaking boiled eggs. But some consider the egg should be broken on the smaller end, while others believe it should be broken on the larger end. This issue led to six rebellions. Swift wrote “all true believers shall break their eggs at the most convenient end” . In the second book of Gulliver’s Travels, Swift takes a shot at the British judiciary system and thus the politics of the society. He puts the stress on the corruption that occurs way too often. The third book is a critic of science with a special mention of the Royal Society members. The last book is an attack against mankind. Swift once wrote in a letter to Alexander Pope, Pope he wrote “I heartily hate and
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