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In Gullivers Travels Jonathan Swift uses the mask of Lemuel Gulliver to tell the story of Gullivers travels In A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift uses an unnamed projector to write the essay on preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from becoming a burden to their parents W W Norton Company 1114 Many scholars have discussed Swifts use of voices as a tool for his satire Some critics believe that the voice of the real Swiftis the voice that speaks in Gullivers Travels and in Modest Proposal Peterson 235 Other scholars affirm that Gulliver is not Swift is abundantly certain Moore 469 Clearly the voice of Gulliver is not always the voice of Jonathan Swift but Swift skillfully winds an unsteady path from author to persona to character and back again Freedman 486 Why does Swift assume these mask and what effect do the voices have Using Gulliver as the simple travel writer for Gullivers Travels and using a projector in A Modest Proposal frees Swift up to write objectively about the social conditions that prevailed during his life Lemuel Gulliver the intrepid traveler and writer of Gullivers Travels is not the same person in Part 4 as he is in Part 2 Irvin Ehrenpreis in his reviews of The Masks of Jonathan Swift by William Bragg points out that there are two ways to sort out Swifts masks He says the can be divided into simple or ironic masks Ehrenpreis 134 He defines the simple mask as the ones in which Swift openly defends his real values and the ironic masks as those in which he pretends to attack them 134 In Part 2 of Gullivers Travels Gulliver is an ironic mask for Swift Gulliver is clearly defending ironically his beloved country when he is explaining how life is back in England to the King W W Norton Company 1046 This is as Ehrenpreis notes the ironic
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