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Swift's Use of Humor in Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels is a satire that deals with the human condition.

Although social *****s change from year to *****, human nature *****s very slowly, if at all, and this accounts for ***** applicability of Swift's ***** from 1726 when it was first published until today. The book is still funny because we can still see ourselves behaving like human beings in it; plus, his humor is often earthy and vulgar ***** we respond to it.

In each of the four parts of Gulliver's Travels, Swift deals w*****h ***** be*****gs ***** a different perspective. In ***** first p*****rt Gulliver is a "giant" with an overview of human behavior, society, and laws. We find that Swift loves to play with words and that the book ***** filled with funny names ***** people and places. In the second adventure Gulliver is reduced to a tiny "animal" with no status--a child's pet--to look at government as the average "little guy" is affected by it. ***** ***** third part Gulliver lives first on an *****l*****d separate from the rest of ***** world with intellectuals, thinkers, philosophers, and scientists who think only in the abstract about the great questions ***** life. From there he goes to a magic island where necromancy is practiced and c*****s up the spirits of ***** dead who reveal vice and corruption throughout history. Finally, in the fourth part Swift explores ***** relation of human beings to the rest of the ***** kingdom ***** Gulliver ***** to the l***** of houyhnhnms where horses are rational beings and Yahoos (***** beings) are inferior animals. As he describes human society ***** a talking horse, he finds ***** beings to be morally inferior ***** ot*****r *****. In all four ***** of the ***** Swift uses fantasy ***** humor to critique the worst in human nature and society's institutions. He does ***** ***** forcing us to see them from an alien or unaccustomed standpoint, and he makes us laugh while we're doing it. What might otherwise be very heavy subject matter, the vice ***** folly of ***** beings, becomes ridiculous and ludicrous. What would be a depressing commentary on human life ***** fun and enjoyable reading.

In Part I about the Lilliputians, for example, he has Gulliver *****gin by telling us a ***** about his *****tory. At a young age ***** was apprenticed to Master James Bates, a surgeon in London. ***** goes to a lot of trouble working up to ***** joke. He h*****s ***** refer ***** his master as Mr. James *****; then, Mr. Bates, my good master; next, Mr. ********** then, Mr. Bates my master, and finally as ***** Mater Bates (a ***** on m*****turbates). ********** is not a coincidence ***** he's ***** about ***** marriage as part ***** the *****: "...being advised to alter my c*****dition I married **********. Mary Burton" (p. 19). His "condition" is, although it is only implied, that of a man with unmet sexual needs.

This is an example of Swift's

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