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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 year, human nature changes very slowly, if at all, and this accounts for ***** applicability of Swift's satire from 1726 when it was first published until today. The book is still funny because we can ***** see ourselves behaving like human beings in it; plus, his humor is often earthy and vulgar and 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 part Gulliver is a "giant" with an overview of hum***** behavior, society, ***** laws. We find that ***** loves to play with words and ***** the ***** ***** filled with funny names for people and places. In the second adventure Gulliver is reduced to a tiny "*****nimal" with no status--a child's pet--to look at government as the average "little guy" is affected by it. In the third part Gulliver lives first on an *****land separate from the rest ***** the world with intellectuals, thinkers, philosophers, and scientists *****o think only in the abstract about the great questions of life. From ********** he goes to a magic island where necromancy is practiced and calls up the spirits of ***** dead who reveal vice and corruption throughout history. F*****ally, in the fourth part Swift explores the relation of human beings to the rest of the animal kingdom ***** Gulliver goes ***** ***** land of houyhnhnms where horses are rational beings and Yahoos (human beings) are inferior animals. As he describes human society to a talking horse, he finds ***** beings ***** be morally inferior to other *****. ***** all four parts of the book Swift uses fantasy ***** humor to critique the worst in human nature and society's institutions. He does ***** ***** *****cing us to ***** them from an alien or unacc*****tomed standpoint, and he makes us laugh while we're doing it. What might otherwise be ***** heavy subject matter, the vice and folly of human *****ings, becomes ridiculous and ludicrous. What would be a depressing commentary on human ***** ***** fun and enjoyable reading.

***** Part I about the Lilliputians, for example, he has Gulliver begin by telling us a little about his history. At a young age ***** was apprenticed to Master James Bates, a surge***** 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 m*****ter; next, Mr. ********** *****, Mr. Bates my master, and fin*****y as my Mater Bates (a play on masturbates). *****t is not a coincidence that he's talking about ***** marriage as part ***** the *****: "...being advised to alter my c*****dition I married **********. Mary Bur*****n" (p. 19). His "condition" is, although it is only implied, that of a man with unmet sexual needs.

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