Gulliver's Travels: Political Satire



To the uniformed Gulliver's Travels is just a humorous adventure, but it was written to expose the many problems with the British Society at the time. The culture Jonathan Swift lived in was not what one would call a utopia. The English culture of the late seventeenth century to the middle eighteenth century was riddled with civil unrest and political corruptness. This setting provided Swift an abundance of topics for which to base his greatest work, Gulliver's Travels. Many political people and events in Swift's time made their way into the novel as some sort of character or situation.
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Tory due to differences with the Whig party. The Tory party leaders at the time were Edward Harley and Bolingbroke. (source 6) His main duty with the Tories was writing pamphlets defending the Tories administration. These pamphlets are where Swift got his start writing satires against the organizations that he did not like. In 1715, the Tories fell from power and Swift no longer had a place for himself in England. He returned to Ireland to become the dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. The next eleven years of his life were spent in what he considered exile. Despite Swift felt little joy or satisfaction being in Ireland, he did become involved with the Irish people and won their love. During this time of self imposed exile Swift came up with the idea and eventually wrote Gulliver's Travels. The many political views that Swift had acquired and his feeling of uselessness prompted him to write his famous novel. (source 7)
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reign, she tried to rid England of any Roman Catholic influence. King George I ruled from 1714 to 1727. George was from Germany and spoke very little English he also just did not care much for English politics. (Cullom) Due to this fact, most the power in England at the time lay in the hands of the Parliament. This relates to the land of Lilliput because the king there is revered by all the people yet does not really yield as much power as one would expect. Here Swift is prodding fun at monarchy in the eighteenth century. While the monarchy might think that they have all the power in reality the do not. Part one also is about the years 1708-1715. (source 7) Guilliver is ...

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