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What's the theme of Gulliver's Travels written by Jonathan Swift?

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kutub | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 20, 2010 at 11:13 PM via web

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What's the theme of Gulliver's Travels written by Jonathan Swift?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 21, 2010 at 1:15 AM (Answer #1)

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That answer is available to you right here on eNotes - see the link below. This work is a political satire disguised as a travel tale. As  Lemuel Gulliver travels all over the world, he learns lessons about the nature of man, the ineffectiveness of government, hypocrisy -- all sorts of issues regarding the human condition. The themes include human nature, corruption, politics, oppression, cultural conflicts, the downsides of science and the folly of blindly following traditions. Its themes are very ambitious.

A great deal of the political satire is contemporary to Swift's day. The Lilliputian emperor, for example, is a terrible ruler - petty, self-serving, pompous and easily manipulated by his advisors. He is said to represent King George I. Other things that are satirized are contemporary to Swift's day (the ideas of the Enlightenment, the idea of British superiority, religious traditions and practices of the day, etc.) but also have timeless applications.

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

Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM (Answer #2)

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Possibly one of the reasons for the book's classic status is that it can be seen as many things to many different people. Broadly, the book has three themes:

  • a satirical view of the state of European government, and of petty differences between religions.
  • an inquiry into whether men are inherently corrupt or whether they become corrupted.
  • a restatement of the older "ancients versus moderns" controversy previously addressed by Swift in The Battle of the Books.for more informations,plz visit the foll. site

ttp://www.davyking.com/The%20Woman%20Gulliver%20Left%20Behind.pdf

 

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hannahmontanalove | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 19, 2011 at 12:38 AM (Answer #3)

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I THINK IT IS MOSTLY ABOUT UNDERSTAND HUMAN NATURE, POLITICS, POLITICS AND MANY MORE THINGS WHICH WE FACE IN OUR SECOND STAGE OF OUR LIVES!

----------SORRY BUT I'M NOT SURE ABT THESE ABSOLUTELY SO IF U R GOING TO SUBMIT THIS TO UR TEACHER THEN PLZ BE SURE, LOL--------------

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