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by Jonathan Swift

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In Gulliver's Travels, what in the king of Brobdingnag's criticism makes you think that Swift was satirizing his own society?

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Gulliver thinks that the king of Brobdingnag is pretty simple; he does not really understand the way the world works.  Gulliver says, 

[The king] wondered to hear me talk of such chargeable and extensive Wars; that, certainly we must be a quarrelsome People, or live among very bad Neighbours [....].  Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing Army in the Midst of Peace, and among a free People.  He said, if we were governed by our own Consent in the Persons of our Representatives, he could not imagine of whom we were afraid, or against whom...

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