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To generations of schoolchildren Gullivers Travels has been a delightful visit to a faraway fantasy kingdom Upon a closer look Gullivers Travels is found to be a potentially critical and very insightful piece satirizing the political and social systems of eighteenth-century England During the eighteenth-century there was an upheaval of commercialization in London England resulting in a change in attitude and thought in English society It was an attempt by the middle class to obtain the dignity and splendor of the upper class which resulted in the English society holding themselves in high regards as an elite society of mankind Jonathan Swift satirizes English society in many ways using metaphors to reveal his disapproval of it Swift makes comments addressing specific topics as current political controversies as well as universal concerns like the moral degeneration of man Swift uses graphic representations of the body and its functions to reveal to the reader that grandeur is merely an illusion and a faade to hide behind Swift was one of the greatest satirists of his age and Gullivers Travels is probably the apex of his art Gullivers Travels is the story of Lemuel Gulliver a ships surgeon who has a number of adventures which comprises four sections or books In Book I or the first voyage his ship is blown off course and shipwrecked Gulliver finds himself in a land of miniature people where his giant size is meant as a metaphor for his superiority over the Lilliputians This metaphor represented Englands belief that it had superiority over other cultures Swift goes on to demonstrate that despite his belief in superiority Gulliver is not as great as he makes himself out to be when the forces of nature call upon him Gulliver says to the reader that before hand he was under great difficulties between urgency and shame and after the deed says that he felt guilty of so uncleanly an action Jonathan Swift Nortaon Anthology of
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