Gulliver/His Cultural Tools

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A 3 page essay that comments on the structure and purpose of Gulliver’s Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift, which is one of the greatest societal and political satires of all time. Rather than presenting his castaway protagonist Gulliver as someone adrift within foreign cultures, the world of eighteenth century European society is meticulous interwoven into the fabric of Swift’s imaginative presentation. In short, the worlds that Gulliver encounters are all analogous to aspects of the society of Swift’s era. Therefore, the application of Gulliver’s own cultural experience to the act of description is not only appropriate, but the entire purpose of the work, as, through the narrative voice of Gulliver, Swift can making scathing comments about the political and social facts of his era. Bibliography lists 3 sources.