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Explain one example of irony from either "A Voyage to Lilliput" or "A...

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jessica29 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2008 at 8:53 AM via web

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Explain one example of irony from either "A Voyage to Lilliput" or "A Voyage to Brobdingnag."

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 24, 2008 at 8:55 PM (Answer #1)

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"Gulliver's Travels" is a satire of the flaws that Jonathan Swift saw in manking in general and of the English government specifically.  Irony is abundant throughout all four books that comprise the work.  One of the bigger examples of irony, though, in "A Voyage to Brobdingnag" occurs in chapter 6 when Gulliver, trying to get in the good graces of the king, describes the English system of government.  Gulliver is certain that his description will show the king how developed and civilized the English people are.  He is sure the king will have a higher opinion of him when he finishes his description.  The king, however, has a very low opinion of the English and Gulliver's race of people. The king says of them, "I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth."  Not what Gulliver expected, thus irony.  Swift is, of course, pointing out the flaws in his country's government.

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kkkkk369 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM (Answer #2)

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Gulliver is only home two months when he sets out on Part II, "A Voyage to Brobdingnag." After encountering a terrible storm, Gulliver's ship puts in to another unfamiliar shore for much-needed food and water. He goes ashore with the landing party but is abandoned by the crew when they discover there are giants living there. Gulliver is captured by a farmer, who displays him as a circus wonder at local fairs. The farmer's daughter, Glumdalclitch, teaches Gulliver to speak the language and the two become good friends. Eventually, the farmer sells Gulliver to the Queen...................

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ankuanki | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 29, 2011 at 8:44 PM (Answer #3)

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