18th century -swift
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18th century -swift
all writings of jonathan swift
very important person to the irish
his mistress, stella, is buried next to him
has Meneres syndrome
**best satire writer of all time
*wrote pamphlets againts protestants
swifts expectations of gulliver's travels?
expected it to offend people, but instead it entertained almost everyone
satirical against the english gov't
a ship's physcian
Land of Brobdingnag?
gulliver is tiny, the people are huge
Land of Laputa?
people do useless experiments, everything they do is a waste
Land of Houhynhymns?
horses are dignified, while humans are the barbarians (yahoos)- uncivilized
Land of Lilliput?
gulliver is the giants, and everyone else if 1/12th his size
how does he end up in lilliput?
he is shipwrecked and when he wakes up the people have him tied down
*can burst out of ropes, but he doesnt
*lilliputians are shooting arrows at him, but they are so tiny it feels like little pins
What does gulliver to try be?
he tried to be passive so that they dont feel threatened
very tiny, he could easily eat all their food and still be hungry but he doesnt
liliputians did this get into gov't
*represents how easy it is to get into the english gov't
*swift tries to say that the english gov't is a bunch of ying yangs
rules gulliver must follow in lilliput?
he cant leave
he must give them notice before coming into the city
must walk on the main roads
make sure he doesnt step on anyone
help send out mail quicker
stay on their side during war
help build things
enemies from the island of Blefuscu
Reason the lilliputians are fighting?
over breaking an egg
*symbolizes how england fights over the littlest things
*protestant vs. catholic
How do the lilliputians win?
gulliver makes waves in the water, and pushes the enemies fleet of ships away
Why does gulliver get thrown out of liliput?
the castle is on fire and so gullive tries to put it out by peeing on it, he accidently pees on the queen though
where is gulliver found in brobdingnag? and by who?
he hides in a cornfield, and the farm hand finds him and thinks he is a rat
likes gulliver a lot and grows close to him
What does the famer do with gulliver?
he sells him to the queen
the queen makes him his own room and locks it to keep him safe from bees, monkeys, etc.
gulliver's talks with king?
king thinks england's warfare is very violent
brobdingnags are gentle giants, against war
king thinks gulliver is better than his country
ireland never recovered from it
A modest proposal?
*proposal was to fatten up the unnourished kids and feed them to the english families
What does swift say happens to kids who grow up?
they become thieves, leave their native country or sell themselves to barbadoes
What will the plan prevent from happening?
parents murdering their kids
Reason why eating kids is a good idea?
get rid of catholics
country will get richer
dont have to take care of them after a year
new gourmet dish
great inducement to marriage (men treat wives better)
solve pig population
What does it compare the irsh to?
animals, thats how the english saw the irish