Guliver's Travels Brief Summary

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Swift uses each of the four voyages in Gulliver's Travels to expose and excoriate some aspect of human folly.

In Gulliver's first voyage, in which he visits Lilliput, Swift uses the events in the story to make severe criticisms of England between reigns of Queen Anne and George the first. It is a commentary on the moral state of England.

In Gulliver's next voyage, we find him in Brobdingnag. His voyage here shows us the filthy mental and physical characteristics of man. In this voyage Swift criticizes the moral and physical corruption of man.

Gulliver's third voyage, to the floating island of Laputa is one of the most satirical of the whole book. In this voyage Swift criticizes the Royal Society of England, in which he says is composed of useless philosophers, inventors, and scientists.

Gulliver’s final voyage, he finds himself in the Country of the Houyhnhnms. Swift use this voyage to expand his satire to the evils of the entire human race. In the end Gulliver's dilemma is also humanity's. Developing greater virtue can lead to hating humanity's corrupt nature, but trying to escape one's own human nature because of its corruption is insanity.

In Gulliver’s travels, Jonathan Swift travels to four different foreign countries, each representing a corrupt part of England. Swift criticizes the corruption of these parts, and focuses on the government, society, science, religion, and man. Not only does swift criticize the customs of each country, he mocks the naive man who has the inability to figure out the double meaning of things. Gulliver, being gullible himself, believes everything he is told, which symbolizes the irony of the English…...

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