Essay on Gulliver Travels: Swift, and Moral Decay

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According to the 1996 “Gulliver Swift” film, the enduring popularity of Jonathan Swift’s satiric Gulliver’s Travels was the exploration of the “grotesque,” the “deviations from ourselves,” which prompt us to ask ourselves who we truly are. However, the film offers more than this—it is also an exploration of Swift’s personal beliefs and life experiences, which color nearly every scene of Gulliver’s Travels. Thus, it becomes a more intimate portrait of a human being seeking to shed light on political corruption, while coming to terms with a deeply personal disdain for humankind’s mental and physical depravity. Swift places Gulliver of Gulliver’s Travels in Lilliput first, a land of small creatures wherein government officials nearly …show more content…
Take, for instance, the Queen’s mealtime with a tiny Gulliver, where he is appalled at the amount of food she eats due to her size. It is “a very nauseous sight” (Swift 2379). Judging from what we know of Swift’s personal agenda, it seems very likely this is a jab at what he considers the excesses of government, which makes sense in the context of his personal beliefs. After all, if “Swift principally [hates] that thing called man” (Gulliver’s Travels), and the government (responsible for war, slavery, and colonialism) is made up of man, then the government is clearly corrupt in Swift’s eyes. The King of Brobdignag character, in particular, prompted the 18th century reader to answer the most appalling questions about the foundations of British government. “What qualifications were necessary in those who are to be created new lords; whether the humour of the prince, a sum of money to a court lady, or a design of strengthening a party opposite to the public interest, ever happened to be the motive in those advancements?” (Swift 2393). Later, he asks, “Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes…known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?” (Swift 2393). Swift championed one such group of the oppressed—the Irish. According to the film, his motivating, driving force was “[to expose] the brutality of English rule” (Gulliver’s Travels). This is also the subject of his well-known essay, “A Modest Proposal,” which

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