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In 1726 Jonathan Swift published a book for English readers Primarily however Gullivers Travels is a work of satire Gulliver is neither a fully developed character nor even an altogether distinguishable persona rather he is a satiric device enabling Swift to score satirical points Rodino 124 Indeed whereas the work begins with more specific satire attacking perhaps one political machine or aimed at one particular custom in each instance it finishes with the most savage onslaught on humanity ever written Murry 3 satirizing the whole human condition In order to convey this satire Gulliver is taken on four adventures driven by fate a restless spirit and the pen of Swift Gullivers first journey takes him to the Land of Lilliput where he finds himself a giant among six-inch tall beings His next journey brings him to Brobdingnag where his situation is reversed now he is the midget in a land of giants His third journey leads him to Laputa the floating island inhabited by strange although similarly sized beings who derive their whole culture from music and mathematics Gullivers fourth and final journey places him in the land of the Houyhnhnms a society of intelligent reasoning horses As Swift leads Gulliver on these four fantastical journeys Gullivers perceptions of himself and the people and things around him change giving Swift ample opportunity to inject into the story both irony and satire of the England of his day and of the human condition On the surface Jonathan Swifts Gullivers Travels seems to be a travel log of one man Lemuel Gulliver on four fantastic journeys But on a deeper look it is a biting work of satire aimed at the vast majority of humanity Swift ties his satire closely with Gullivers perceptions and adventures In Gullivers first adventure he begins on a ship that runs aground on a submerged rock He swims to land and when he awakens he finds himself tied down to the ground
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