An Analysis in Human Nature and Society in "Gulliver’s Travels" Throughout Jonathan Swift’s class 18th century story Gulliver’s Travels, he exposes the dysfunctional social behavior, pretensions, and political, economic and social institutions of the strange lands his protagonist Gulliver travels through, but Swift is actually exposing the dysfunctional social behavior, pretensions, and political, economic and social institutions of contemporary Europe. This demonstrates that “as a satire, the main purpose of Gulliver’s Travels is to show certain shortcomings in 18th century English society” (Ewald 151). For example, during his first voyage Gulliver observes court intrigue and the politics and posturing of Lilliputian ministers, but this...The end:
.....p and governments of European states. With this in mind, there are parallels to be drawn between Gulliver’s Travels and Voltaire’s Candide , which was written some thirty years later. Both Voltaire and Swift have the same gritty satire and cynicism of human nature. Gulliver’s Travels has been adapted for theatrical, radio and television broadcasts on several occasions and in countries worldwide. There have also been several musical interpretations of the work, including Telemann’s “Gulliver Suite” and No More Kings’ “Leaving Lilliput ”. The article Gulliver's Travels in 18th & 19th Century British Fiction is owned by Samantha Markham. Permission to republish Gulliver's Travels in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.