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by Jonathan Swift

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What does the king of Brobdingnag discuss with Gulliver?

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This is one of the most incisive and sharply satiric portions of Swift's work—and one of the most hilarious. It's clear from this point (if not before) that Gulliver is a foil for Swift's own views and that Gulliver is setting himself up for a dose of reality at the hands of the Brobdingnagian king. Gulliver, like most Englishmen of his time, sees his own country as a model of advancement and the height of civilization. It is not just the English, but the European mindset of the time that Gulliver is expressing in boasting of the achievements of his people and their legal system. Yet when he's completed his descriptions, not only is the king unimpressed, but he draws the conclusion that the English are "the most pernicious race of odious vermin that nature ever suffered to...

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