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What are some themes in "Gulliver's Travels"?I have to write a three page paper on...

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pixieprincess169 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 26, 2009 at 10:25 AM via web

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What are some themes in "Gulliver's Travels"?

I have to write a three page paper on gullivers travels can someone give me ideas on what the themes are within the novel? i know one of them is satire what are other ones?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2009 at 12:47 AM (Answer #1)

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You'll find a discussion of the themes in this wonderful book in the section of the eNotes study guide focusing on the themes (http://www.enotes.com/gullivers-travels/themes ). However, let us review some of them here. Start with your point about satire. Because this is a sweeping satire, many of the other themes emerge as subjects of satire. For example, Gulliver visits several different lands and all of them have rulers. Government and social organization are therefore themes…which he treats with satire. Science is another theme—what it can do, what it can't do, etc. Even the structure of the narrative is like a traveler's account, which were part of the emerging sciences of the day. At the bottom, though, is the theme of what it means to be a person and how people should live.

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