The Function of Satire In Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal Final Draft.docx

The Function of Satire In Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal Final Draft.docx

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Warner 1 Nick Warner Ms. Anna Sabalone AP World Literature February 20, 2017 The Function of Satire In Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal Final Draft Gulliver’s Travels is a satire novel written by Jonathan Swift to criticize the state of English society in the early 1700s. The function of satire is to parodize, ironize or/and exaggerate certain scenarios whether they be fictional or real to make us critical of ourselves or fellow human beings for their/our flaws and wrongdoings. Satire has changed so that we can use it to mock politicians today,but we use it in a more humorous sense. However it is only a useful medium if the reader can read between the lines and see more than the exaggeration shown in reading. There are many different ways Swift uses satire to help seek change in a flawed society and he proposes some of his ideas in his writings. Swift uses the voices of the 4 cultures that Gulliver meets in his voyages to poke at English society. One example would be his mockery of the Royal Society by comparing it to the Laputans and how none of their research is practical. “... a satire on the experimental philosophy
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