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Texts - Gullivers Travels Jonathan Swift Utopia Sir Thomas Moore The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde Monty Python and the Holy Grail Gullivers Travels is a satire aimed at the 18th century society that Jonathan Swift lived in - that is the English way of life and customs It may be compared to Utopia the Importance of Being Earnest and Monty Python and the Holy Grail in many ways all are satires of the time in which the authorscreators lived in parodying the social and moral values of the time However there are many differences between Gullivers TravelsUtopia and The Importance of Being EarnestMonty Python and the Holy Grail - the former two parody society on a larger scale calling for social and moral reform in a Horatian style whereas the latter two use a Juvenalian humour to comment on our social and moral behaviour as well as our misconceptions of history Both The Importance of Being Earnest and The Holy Grail like Gullivers Travels and Utopia satirise society and how we live it parodying the antics and idiocy of the Victorian eras upper class and The Holy Grail the misconceptions relating to our own history They do not call for social reform as stridently as does Gullivers Travels and Utopia instead they make a comment on our social beliefs and values The first society that Gulliver visits the Lilliputians are as small morally as they are physically They are petty and have arguments over aspects of life such as upon which end to break an egg the king seemed to think nothing of destroying the Big-Endian exiles and compelling that people to break the smaller end of their eggs Another example is that of a court official by the name of Filmnap who maintains his position by doing tricks on a tightrope which is satirising the ridiculous nature of politics and the lengths and methods politicians go to achieve their
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