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Did Jonathan Swifts literary works reflect the life and times in which he lived While researching for this paper I have read many criticisms biographies and articles In reading those I have come to the conclusion that his works clearly represented his life and times I hope that by the end of this paper you agreeSwifts literary career didnt begin until he published The Tale of the Tub and The Battle of the Books Both of these were published anonymously After his initial plunge into the world of literature Swift wrote a lot of essays He also became interested in the Tory party and wrote a lot of essays in support of their ideals The Tories fall from power in 1714 left many of Swifts friends in jail or exiled He returned to England and began to write more about Irish problems and causes It wasnt until 1726 that Swift made his final voyage to England He brought with him a manuscript for Gullivers Travels It very quickly became successful In the seventeenth century England was primarily an agronomic place There were many farmers laborers and tenants that made up most of the population London was the mercantile economic administrative and social core of England It had a substantial middle-class and was the residence of the Restoration Court McDougal p334 The restoration of the monarchy meant the restoration of Parliament and of the established Church of England McDougal p335 Charles leader of the Anglican Church wanted to remain tolerable but the Anglican bishops and the country squires in Parliament took hard maneuvers towards Protestant dissenters and also towards Catholics whom symbolized the French to them It was illegal to be in any church besides the Church of England If you broke this law you were marked a traitor and were no longer able to hold a public position or go to a university This sparked the division of Parliament into two groups the Tories and
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